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dc.contributor.authorLister, Andrew Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:50:52Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:50:52Z
dc.date.issued1998-12-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-122898-120518en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36472
dc.description.abstractA study was conducted at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC to: 1) characterize the spatial patterns of soil and forest floor variables (moisture, pH, soil phosphate, forest floor and soil carbon and nitrogen, and soil available nitrogen), 2) assess the spatial patterns of the plant community, and 3) investigate spatial relationships among the variables and between the variables and woody vegetation. Spatial soil and litter samples were collected on five 0.25 hectare plots, and relationships were explored using Pearson's correlation tests, canonical correlation analysis, variogram modeling and kriging. The average range of spatial autocorrelation for the forest floor variables was >45 m, while that for soil variables was 12 m. Woody stem basal area exhibited spatial autocorrelation at ranges of less than 12 m, and was only weakly correlated with forest floor and soil resource patterns. Few strong spatial correlations among the forest floor and soil variables were observed. The means and variances of the variables were low, and differences in resource levels probably had little impact on the spatial pattern of vegetation. Results indicate a weak, differential effect of species group on litter quality, a weak relationship between large pine trees and soil nitrogen patterns, and a general homogeneity of the stands.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectsoil-environment relationshipsen_US
dc.subjectspatial heterogeneityen_US
dc.subjectslash pine forest soilen_US
dc.subjectgeostatisticsen_US
dc.titleSpatial Patterns in a 40-year-old Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) Forest in the Coastal Plain of South Carolinaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMou, Paul P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBurger, James A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJones, Robert H.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-122898-120518/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-12-28en_US
dc.date.rdate2000-01-15
dc.date.adate1999-01-15en_US


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