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Title:Hill Prairies of Illinois
Author(s):Evers, Robert August
Subject(s):Hill Prairies
Illinois
Ecology
Flora
Abstract:Prairies are grasslands. To many persons, prairies are flat grasslands. However, it is not topography but vegetation that distinguishes prairies and other plant communities. Forests occur on flat land or on slopes. So do prairies. Grasslands, or prairies, on pronounced slopes are hill prairies. The term hill prairies was first used in 1943 by a University of Illinois botanist. Dr. Arthur G. Vestal, in his ecology classes and seminars to characterize prairies that occur on loess bluffs, on mounds, on steep, rocky slopes, on steep slopes of glacial drift, or on any other steep slopes. With few exceptions, the hill prairies of Illinois are not hill-top prairies; most of them occupy only the upper west- and southwest-facing slopes of elevations.
Issue Date:1955-08
Publisher:Champaign : Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin; v. 026, no. 05
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/44741
ISSN:0073-4918
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright 2009 University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-28


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