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Neotectonics of the northern Mojave Desert

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Using geologic maps for ecological modeling: Because geologic units typically have measurable associated soil characteristics, geologic maps can be combined with other data sets, such as elevation and precipitation, to create models that might be useful for ecological resource modeling. With geographic information systems and earth imaging software, geologic maps can be combined with multispectral imaging data, land-use mapping data, or any other dataset available to test and measure ecological factors. The example below is a predictive model for preferential habitat for Larrea (creosote bush) in the Mojave Desert region based on a limited sample area.

Geologic mapping applications to ecological studies diagram

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