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TamarixA Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West$
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Anna Sher and Martin F. Quigley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.001.0001

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Tamarix, Hydrology, and Fluvial Geomorphology

Tamarix, Hydrology, and Fluvial Geomorphology

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(p.99) 7 Tamarix, Hydrology, and Fluvial Geomorphology
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Tamarix
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Daniel A. Auerbach

David M. Merritt

Patrick B. Shafroth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.003.0007

This chapter explores the impact of hydrology and fluvial geomorphology on the distribution and abundance of Tamarix as well as the reciprocal effects of Tamarix on hydrologic and geomorphic conditions. It examines whether flow-regime alteration favors Tamarix establishment over native species, and how Tamarix stands modify processes involved in the narrowing of river channels and the formation of floodplains. It begins with an overview of the basic geomorphic and hydrologic character of rivers in the western United States before analyzing how this setting has contributed to the regional success of Tamarix. It then considers the influence of Tamarix on the hydrogeomorphic form and function of rivers and concludes by discussing how a changing climate, vegetation management, and continued water-resource development affect the future role of Tamarix in these ecosystems.

Keywords:   hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, Tamarix, native species, river channels, floodplains, rivers, climate, vegetation management, ecosystems

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