Surficial Geology for Study Area of the Forest Ecosystem Dynamics Project Spatial Data ArchiveEntry ID: FED_GEOLOGY
Abstract: Forest Ecosystem Dynamics (FED) Project Spatial Data Archive: Surficial Geology for Northern Experimental Forest
The Biospheric Sciences Branch (formerly Earth Resources Branch) within the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and associated University investigators are involved in a research program entitled Forest Ecosystem Dynamics (FED) which is ... fundamentally concerned with vegetation change of forest ecosystems at local to regional spatial scales (100 to 10,000 meters) and temporal scales ranging from monthly to decadal periods (10 to 100 years). The nature and extent of the impacts of these changes, as well as the feedbacks to global climate, may be addressed through modeling the interactions of the vegetation, soil, and energy components of the boreal ecosystem.
The Howland Forest research site lies within the Northern Experimental Forest of International Paper. The natural stands in this boreal-northern hardwood transitional forest consist of spruce-hemlock-fir, aspen-birch, and hemlock-hardwood mixtures. The topography of the region varies from flat to gently rolling, with a maximum elevation change of less than 68 m within 10 km. Due to the region's glacial history, soil drainage classes within a small area may vary widely, from well drained to poorly drained. Consequently, an elaborate patchwork of forest communities has developed, supporting exceptional local species diversity.
This is a data layer that contains the surficial geology for portions of the Maine Geological Survey's Passamdumkeag, Boyd Lake, and Lincoln quadrangles. The map was digitized, projected and differentially corrected using Global Positioning System points.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Darrel L. Williams
Dataset Title: Surficial Geology for Northern Experimental Forest
Dataset Series Name: FED Project Home Page
Dataset Release Place: NASA/GSFC
Dataset Publisher: NASA/GSFC
Data Presentation Form: Map ImageOnline Resource: http://forest.gsfc.nasa.gov/howland/
Start Date: 1963-01-01Stop Date: 1995-11-01
LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > GEOLOGIC UNIT
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTARY ROCKS > ALLUVIUM
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTARY ROCKS > EOLIAN DEPOSIT
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTARY ROCKS > GLACIAL TILL
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTARY ROCKS > TIDAL MARSH DEPOSIT
Distribution Media: WWW
Distribution Format: ARC/INFO EXPORT
Borns, H.W. 1981. Reconnaissance Surficial Geology of the
Passamdumkeag Quadrangle, Maine., Maine Geological Survey Department
of Conservation, Augusta, Maine. (Open File No. 81-4)
Borns, H.W., D.W. Caldwell, and L.S. Hanson. 1981.
Reconnaissance Surficial Geology of the Boyd Lake Quadrangle, ... Maine.,
Maine Geological Survey Department of Conservation, Augusta, Maine.
(Open File No. 81-5)
Lowell, T.V. 1980. Reconnaissance Surficial Geology of the
Lincoln Quadrangle, Maine., Maine Geological Survey Department of
Conservation, Augusta, Maine.
Levine, E., K.J. Ranson, J.A. Smith, D.L. Williams, R.G. Knox,
H.H. Shugart, D.L. Urban, and W.T. Lawrence. 1993. Forest
ecosystem dynamics: linking forest succession, soil process and
radiation models. Ecological Modelling 65: 199-219.
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24