Vegetation pattern formation: The mechanisms behind the forms

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A simple principle relating growth to lateral water transport explains the variety of self-organized vegetation patchiness. The discussion so far has focused on understanding mechanisms of vegetation pattern formation and accounting for the variety of patterns observed in drylands. But beyond the obvious curiosity raised by those fascinating phenomena, there are important open questions related to functional aspects of vegetation patterning that call for further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Today
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019

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  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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