Understanding Data Presented

Most of the information provided in the Ecological Atlas is narrative and descriptive, such as what the species look like and where they grow. (view References Consulted to see which primary literature was utilized). However, graphs and maps summarizing the distribution of species along topographic and geographic gradients rely on significant data analysis unique to the botanical studies described in this Atlas.

The dataset used to produce these graphics includes over 86,000 separate observations of plant species occurring in over 3000 field sites across Denali – primarily from the plant and soil inventories and vegetation monitoring field projects that occurred in Denali from 1998-2010. Explore the sub-pages in this section to learn how to interpret the graphs and charts served in the Ecological Atlas, and where the data they depict comes from.

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