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  • Main Title Biodiversity Analysis of Vegetation on the Nevada Test Site


  • Author: Ostler, W. K.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Hansen, D. J.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: US Department of Energy (United States)


  • Name: Bechtel Nevada Corporation
    Place of Publication: Nevada
    Additional Info: Bechtel Nevada Corp. (United States)


  • Creation: 2001-06-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The Nevada Test Site (NTS) located in south central Nevada encompasses approximately 3,561 square kilometers and straddles two major North American deserts, Mojave and Great Basin. Transitional areas between the two desert types have been created by gradients in elevation, precipitation, temperature, and soils. From 1996-1998, more than 1,500 ecological landform units were sampled at the NTS for numerous biotic and abiotic parameters. These data provide a basis for spatial evaluations of biodiversity over landscape scales at the NTS. Species diversity maps (species richness vs. species abundance) have been produced. Differences in ecosystem diversity at the ecoregion, alliance, association, and ecological landform unit levels are presented. Spatial distribution maps of species presence and abundance provide evidence of where transition zones occur and the resulting impact on biodiversity. The influences of abiotic factors (elevation, soil, precipitation) and anthropogenic disturbance on biodiversity are assessed.
  • Physical Description: vp.


  • Keyword: Plants
  • Keyword: Abundance
  • Keyword: Disturbances
  • Keyword: Species Diversity
  • Keyword: Deserts
  • Keyword: Great Basin
  • Keyword: Nevada Test Site
  • Keyword: Soils
  • Keyword: Spatial Distribution
  • Keyword: Shrubs
  • STI Subject Categories: 54 Environmental Sciences
  • Keyword: Ecosystems
  • Keyword: Geomorphology
  • Keyword: Precipitation


  • Conference: 11th Wildland Shrub Symposium, Provo, UT (US), 06/13/2001--06/15/2001


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Report No.: DOE/NV/11718--423
  • Grant Number: AC08-96NV11718
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 797152
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc739605


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE00797152