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Authors

Robert P. Adams

Document Type

Research

Abstract

In 1912, Dr. B. Shimek of the State University of Iowa, presented a paper, "An Artificial Prairie," before the Botanical Society of America. In this article, he described and explained a strip of "man-made prairie" bordering the roadway leading north from Homestead to Amana, Iowa. This road was cut in 1856 through the dense upland woods lying between the two villages and bordering the valley of the Iowa River. Its inception and maintenance provided conditions of such a xerophytic character that a typical prairie strip was produced. By means of comparison between a comprehensive list of the xerophytic plants growing on this prairie and a similar list compiled from collections of plants growing in the deep woods habitat just a few feet back of the clearing, he was able to prove the existence of a prairie "in the heart of the forest."

Publication Date

1929

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

36

Issue

1

First Page

213

Last Page

219

Copyright

© Copyright 1929 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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