Succession of the plant communities of Fakahatchee Strand ...

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Succession of the plant communities of Fakahatchee Strand ...

43chronologies did not correlate to mean annual water levels at Park wells 1 and 6which are approximately 5 miles away. However, water levels at the transectwells do not correlate to precipitation data from either the FSPSP office atCopeland or the NOAA weather station in Everglades City. This could be due tothe canals that encircle Fakahatchee Strand which drain water from the Strand(McPherson & Swayze 1977), the effects of rainfall north of the Strand, or thespotty nature of rainfall in south Florida (Key, Everham, Ceilley, Thomas, &Leisure unpubl.).Stahle & Cleaveland (1996) found a correlation between cypresschronologies produced in other areas of the southeastern United States andMarch through June precipitation. The pop ash chronologies produced in thisstudy did not show a correlation with the March through June precipitation fromthe Fakahatchee Park office at Copeland (r20.05). However, theresidual chronology exhibited a significant correlation with May precipitation fromthe office site (r2=0.42, p

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