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1 June 2005 Large parts of the world are brown or black: A different view on the ‘Green World’ hypothesis
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Climate sets the limits to plant growth but does climate determine the global distribution of major biomes? I suggest methods for evaluating whether vegetation is largely climate or consumer-controlled, focusing on large mammal herbivores and fire as influential consumers. Large parts of the world appear not to be at equilibrium with climate. Consumer-controlled ecosystems are ancient and diverse. Their distinctive ecology warrants special attention.Abbreviations: DGVM = Dynamic Global Vegetation Model; HSS = Hanston et al. (1960).
and William J. Bond "Large parts of the world are brown or black: A different view on the ‘Green World’ hypothesis," Journal of Vegetation Science 16(3), (1 June 2005). https://doi.org/10.1658/1100-9233(2005)016[0261:LPOTWA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 28 October 2004; Accepted: 27 April 2005; Published: 1 June 2005
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