Vegetation patterns in Navajo National Monument, Arizona, were studied over a five-year period from 1977 to 1981. Twelve distinct plant community types occur within the boundaries of the park. These communities are characterized and the dominant plant species of each are recorded. The relationships of parent material, soils, and moisture to plant communities are also discussed. It appears that discrete communities occupy soils of different characteristics, particularly with respect to amount of weathering of parent material.
Brotherson, Jack D.; Evenson, William E.; Rushforth, Samuel R.; Fairchild, John; and Johansen, Jeffrey R.
"Spatial patterns of plant communities and differential weathering in Navajo National Monument, Arizona,"
Great Basin Naturalist: Vol. 45
, Article 1.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbn/vol45/iss1/1