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Author(s): Friedman, J.M. and G.T. Auble
Friedman, J.M. and G.T. Auble. 2000. Floods, flood control, and bottomland vegetation. In: E.E. Wohl (ed.). Inland flood hazards: human, riparian and aquatic communities. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. p. 219-237.
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Bottomland plant communities are typically dominated by the effects of floods. Floods create the surfaces on which plants become established, transport seeds and nutrients, and remove establish plants. Floods provide a moisture subsidy that allows development of bottomland forests in arid regions and produce anoxic soils, which can control bottomland plant distribution in humid regions. Repeated flooding produces a mosaic of patches of different age, sediment texture, and inundation duration; this mosaic fosters high species richness…