Water Use by Tamarix

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Tamarix: A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West, 2015
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2015-05-08
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© Oxford University Press 2013. All rights reserved. This chapter focuses on water use by two species of Tamarix, T. chinensis and T. ramosissima, and their hybrids. It first considers the link between hydrology in the riparian corridor and Tamarix invasion before turning to the relationship between groundwater depth and vegetation water use. It then looks at the history of the dynamics of riparian vegetation and proceeds by discussing how water and climate together regulate Tamarix establishment and ecosystem restoration. It also explores potential and actual evapotranspiration by Tamarix, along with the variability of Tamarix water use. Finally, it analyzes two opposing views about Tamarix: the first contends that it should be eradicated by citing Tamarix's spendthrift use of water, while the second argues that native species are profligate water users and that Tamarix is frugal.
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