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Palm increases through-flow; Palo Colorado increases interception

Forest Structure Effects on Topography

Rio Icacos /Rio Blanco Forest structure effects on topography

Model Category: Conceptual

Image: Palm increases through-flow; Palo Colorado increases interception


Palm increases through-flow; Palo Colorado increases interception

On Quartz-Diorite bedrock in the Rio Icacos /Rio Blanco region, palm stands increase through-flow allowing the formation of coves through an increased erosion rate. Palo Colorado stands increase rainfall interception resulting in thick litter and root mats this vegetation is also resistant to hurricanes. Palm coves in the Icacos / Rio Blanco have sandy streams and are core stone lined while Palo Caloraodo ridges are underline with deep saporlite. 

Palm increases through-flow; Palo Colorado increases interception


Publications

2014

Form follows function: can tropical mountain forest competition drive the growth of topography?. Gilles Brocard, Jane Willenbring, Frederick Scatena (2014): AGU Fall Meeting. San Fransisco, CA