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Reconstruction of past desert vegetation along the Colorado River using packrat middens

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Cole, Kenneth L, Reconstruction of past desert vegetation along the Colorado River using packrat middens: .

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The paleoecological reconstruction of Pleistocene deserts along the Colorado River of western North America is attempted using data from fossil packrat middens. The Colorado River drainage is set into a physiographic context along a gradient from the hyperarid Colorado Desert to the moist high elevations on the Colorado Plateau. The Pleistocene and modern distributions of individual plant species along this corridor are compared emphasizing records from the Picacho Peak area of the Colorado Desert and the eastern Grand Canyon. In general, plant species are now distributed 700?900 m higher in elevation and 400?700 km further up-river than they were during the late Wisconsin, however, some plant species have not conformed to the general [...]

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Cole, Kenneth L

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