Plantings on northwestern New Mexico raw mine spoils from 1973, examined for establishment (1975) and survival (1979), showed 75 percent survival of fourwing saltbush (Atriplex canescens (Pursh) Nutt.), each plant occupying 2.32 m2 (1.52 × 1.52 m). Alkali sacaton (Sporobolus airoides (Torr.) Torr.) cover was 4 percent and had a density of 0.05 plant per m2.
Aldon, Earl F.
"Long-term plant survival and density data from reclaimed southwestern coal mine spoils,"
Great Basin Naturalist: Vol. 41
, Article 1.
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