Ecophysiology of Great Basin and Sierra Nevada Vegetation on Contrasting Soils

  • Evan H. DeLucia
  • William H. Schlesinger
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 80)


A dramatic feature of the landscape in the western Great Basin desert is the occurrence of “tree islands” in the midst of sagebrush vegetation (Plate 11.1). Small stands of Sierra Nevada conifers, primarily Pinus ponderosa and P. jeffreyi, occur up to 60 km east of the eastern limits of the Sierra Nevada montane forest. These stands range from one to several hectares, are largely devoid of characteristic Great Basin species, and are restricted to outcrops of azonal soil derived from hydrothermally altered andesitic bedrock (Billings 1950). Soil derived from altered bedrock is light yellow and contrasts strongly with adjacent dark brown soil derived from unaltered andesite.


Great Basin Altered Rock Tree Island Serpentine Soil Pinus Ponderosa 
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