Factors Influencing Succession: Lessons from Large, Infrequent Natural Disturbances

  title={Factors Influencing Succession: Lessons from Large, Infrequent Natural Disturbances},
  author={Monica G. Turner and William L. Baker and Christopher J. Peterson and Robert K. Peet},
Disturbance events vary in intensity, size, and frequency, but few opportunities exist to study those that are extreme on more than one of these gradients. This article characterizes successional processes that occur following infrequent disturbance events that are exceptional in their great intensity or large size. The spatial variability in disturbance intensity within large, infrequent disturbances (LIDs) often leads to a heterogeneous pattern of surviving organisms. These surviving… CONTINUE READING
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