Howe Island Patterned-Ground 10 x 10 m Grids

The Howe Island biocomplexity grid is located on a 1.5 x 0.5 km island off the delta of the Sagavanirktok River, west of the Endicott Causeway in the Prudhoe Bay oilfield, AK. There is one 10 x 10 m grid, with a complex of vegetation types created by 10 to 30-m polygonal cracking due to permafrost ice-wedges, smaller 1 to 3-m non-sorted circles, and small 10-20 cm surficial desiccation cracking. There is sparse vegetation on the sorted circles and more continuous vegetation between the sorted circles and in the troughs between the polygons.

Back to: Patterned-Ground 10 x 10 m Grids (Raynolds et al. 2005)

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Links to Biocomplexity of Patterned Ground Sites Happy Valley, Sagwon, Franklin Bluffs, Deadhorse, West Dock, Howe Island

Map Themes: Vegetation, thaw depth, snow depth, NDVI


Raynolds, M. K., D. A. Walker, and H. A. Maier. 2005. Plant community-level mapping of arctic Alaska based on the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map. Phytocoenologia 35:821-848. doi 10.1127/0340-269X/2005/0035-0821

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