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Terrain and Vegetation of the Imnavait Creek Watershed

  • D. A. Walker
  • M. D. Walker
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 120)

Abstract

The Imnavait Creek watershed is within a large region of tussock-tundra vegetation that covers much of northern Alaska, northwestern Canada, and northeastern Russia (Bliss and Matveyeva 1992). Tussock tundra has been described in numerous areas of northern Alaska (e.g., Hanson 1951, 1953; Churchill 1955; Bliss 1956, 1962; Spetzman 1959; Douglas and Tedrow 1960; Koranda 1960; Johnson et al. 1966; Lambert 1968; Hettinger and Janz 1974; Holowaychuk and Smeck 1974; Racine 1981; Walker et al. 1982). Some of these studies have touched on the variation that occurs within tussock tundra with regard to topography, hydrology, and soils, but there remains a general impression that tussock tundra is a fairly uniform vegetation type that varies little over vast areas of the Low Arctic. This impression is often reinforced from the air as one flies over the seemingly endless expanse of tussock tundra.

Keywords

Community Type Hylocomium Splendens Toolik Lake Vaccinium Uliginosum Tussock Tundra 
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