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1 December 2012 Typical Ecotones in China
Gao Jixi, Lv Shihai, Zheng Zhirong, Liu Junhui
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An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes or two different ecosystems and are often fragile, sensitive and variable. Since the 1970s, the study of the ecotone has increasingly gained notoriety as an important facet of ecological research. China, with a vast complex geology, climate and vegetation, is home to a variety of ecotones. This variety is witnessed in breeds, scales and sizes. This vast array has not only laid a solid foundation for scientific research but also enhanced China's economic development, social development and cultural diversity conservation. According to the geographical distribution and ecological features of China's large scale ecotone, “The trinity index system” has been established including land use types, natural climate characteristics and agricultural economic development to classify and define the spatial distribution of typical ecotones in China. Based on this classification, the natural environmental characteristics, environmental fragility and the existing problems of five kinds of typical ecotones have been studied. This study will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the evolutionary patterns of ecotones.

Gao Jixi, Lv Shihai, Zheng Zhirong, and Liu Junhui "Typical Ecotones in China," Journal of Resources and Ecology 3(4), 297-307, (1 December 2012).
Received: 24 May 2012; Accepted: 1 November 2012; Published: 1 December 2012