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Pavlovic, Noel B. [1].

Flora and Ecology of the Indiana Dunes.

To view a proportion of the floristic diversity of the Indiana Dunes the visitor is well advised to visit an temporal and physiognomic cross section of the dunes and wetlands. In the morning we will visit Miller Dunes to traverse a gradient from the beach to oak savanna illustrating how the dynamic processes of dune formation, soil development, biotic interactions, and fire all play a role in succession. We will see foredunes, secondary dunes, pannes, ponds, jack pine stands, and oak savanna and woodlands. After lunch at park headquarters, we will proceed to Howes Prairie ecosystem to view oak savanna, mesic and wet prairie, and swamp forests to examine the impacts of fire on these systems. If time permits we will quickly visit late successional dune sites on the Calumet and Glenwood dunes before heading back to Chicago.We will be walking on sandy soils so bring appropriate foot wear. Most walking will be on established trails, but we will ascend a few steep dune slopes at Miller Dunes. Mosquitos and ticks may be abundant. Bring water as it may be hot and muggy.


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1 - U.S. Geological Survey, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN, 46304

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Presentation Type: Activitie:Field Trips
Session: FT13
Location: check back for updates/Offsite
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: FT13001
Abstract ID:2606


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