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Meadows more powerful than adjacent forests

 
                                


Meadows more powerful than adjacent forests

 

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Blue Lake Loop, Colorado, photo in the Public Domain

 
Implicit in every textbook account of vegetation succession is the assumption that there is a progression from herbaceous plants to trees over time and that this progression results in increasing biological power. In fact the opposite is as likely to be true: small plants have greater energy-intensity than large plants. From a perspective of thermodynamics, vegetation succession may therefore hide a degeneration of biological power behind the facade of increased body size, lifespan and biological complexity from short vegetation to tall vegetation.  
 
Robin and the Honey Badger, 8 January 2017
 

                          

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Last modified on 21 January 2017

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