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A. Brunelle, T.A. Minckley, J. Delgadillo and S. Blissett A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, New Mexico, USA Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 18 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12125

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This paper provides the first long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment (WPE) in desert ecosystems. Using 5500 yrs of sedimentary pollen and charcoal data from Cloverdale Ciénega, NM along with climate, grazing and CO2 data from other sources we demonstrate that WPE is a result of the introduction of grazers and increases in CO2 through the burning of fossil fuels.

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