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Neotectonics of the northern Mojave Desert

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Graph showing plant distribution based on grain size of sediments

Biology-geology collaborations: Field investigations involving geologists and biologists working together are helping to answer questions related to how ecosystems might respond to predicted changes brought on by climate change. Fundamental knowledge gained by field mapping and computer modeling may help to resolve essential science issues with will ultimately help land-use managers make decisions about resource management and protection. The diagram shown here illustrates how creosote bush (Larrea) grows on different types of surficial geology deposits of different ages and compositions. The data is based on mapping the location of individual plants and then combining the data with a surficial geology map database in a GIS (geographic information system).
graphic provided by Dave Miller

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