Drought tolerance and water use by plants along an alpine topographic gradient

  title={Drought tolerance and water use by plants along an alpine topographic gradient},
  author={Steven F. Oberbauer and W. D. Billings},
In the alpine zones of western North American mountains, topographic-moisture gradients are the results of winter winds blowing snow from the upper windward slopes and ridgetops into snowdrifts on the lee slopes. Wet meadows at the foot of the lee slope are the result of summer snowmelt. Such gradients are repeated many times in a single mountain range. They are useful units for studies of the effects of drought and water use on patterning of alpine vegetation. The research was done through an… CONTINUE READING
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