Impact of Climate Change and Land Use on the Southwestern United States

Impacts of climate change on life and ecosystems

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Land Use History of North America (LUHNA): The Paleobotanical Record

Variability in Site Vegetation via Middens

A comment by Sam Droege


Enjoyed your paper.  

You focused on the large scale changes since the last 
Ice Age.  But what of shorter-term variation?  Are midden 
piles precise enough to look at the variabion in vegetation 
over a period of decades rather than millenia?  Are current
changes in vegetation in the SW of similar magnitude to
100 year changes in the past?



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