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Tamarisk as an Edge Species in
Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico

Eric Dust

 

Geographic focus: USA / Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico


Date completed: 2002


Tamarisk is an invasive alien species that has infested most riparian regions in the desert southwestern United States.  The plant is poses a threat to low moisture environments because it can consume up to 200 gallons of water a day. Eric Dust, a student at New Mexico State University, used remote sensing and GIS to assess the density and distribution of tamarisk growing around Elephant Butte Reservoir.


Topics / keywords: Land Use; Water Availability


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