Aeolian Landform (06.Sandhill)

06. Sandhill                                                                                                                                           Back to Aeolian Landforms

  • Sandhill originated from sediments leftover by glacial melt waters around 13,000 years ago.
  • It is type of ecological community and maintained by ecosystem.
  • Great sandhills cover area approximatly 19,000 squre km
  • It is not the same as a sand dune.
  • It features very short fire return intervals,(1-5 years) Without fire, sandhills undergo  ecological succession and become more oak dominated.
  • Sandhill soil, deep well-drained and nutrient poor.
  • There are growing  & shrinking depending on climetic conditions.
  •  In Florida, sandhills receive 130cm of rainfallper year.

Monehas sandhill taxas

  • Dominant vegetation includes;(218 plant species;
  -Longleaf Pine 
  - American Turkey Oak,
 - Wiregrass 
 -Wolf willow
-Sage bush

  • Rare animals including; 
                                  -The Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus
                                 - The Red-cockaded 
                                  -Woodpecker(Picoides borealis)
                                 - Sherman's Fox 
                                  -Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani)
                                  -Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus)

  • . Invasive species that are a problem on sandhills.such as;
                              -Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica)
                              -Camphor laurels (Cinnamomum camphora)
                              -Natal grass (Melinis repens).

Great sand hill near sceptre, Saskatchewan,Canada

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