Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Solid Earth, 7, 631–637, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-631-2016
Solid Earth, 7, 631–637, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-631-2016

Research article 19 Apr 2016

Research article | 19 Apr 2016

The effects of grazing on the spatial pattern of elm (Ulmus pumila L.) in the sparse woodland steppe of Horqin Sandy Land in northeastern China

M. Zhang et al.

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The aim was to explore the effects of grazing on the formation of the spatial pattern of elm growth in a sparse woodland steppe. A point pattern method was used to analyze elm trees within different diameter classes in both grazed and fenced plots, located in Horqin Sandy Land, China. Effects of grazing on the formation of the spatial pattern of elm were not reported. This study is helpful for understanding the formation of the spatial pattern of the elm population in sparse woodland steppes.