Bocharnikov M.V., Petrushina M.N., Suslova E.G. SPATIAL ORGANIZATION OF THE SUB-MEDITERRANEAN FORESTS AND SPARSE FORESTS BELT VEGETATION AND LANDSCAPES (ABRAU PENINSULA, NORTH-WEST CAUCASUS) // Arid ecosystems. 2019. V. 25. № 4 (81). P. 30-41. | PDF
The article is related to the patterns of landscapes and vegetation cover spatial organization on the Abrau peninsula within the “Utrish” natural reserve and the adjacent territory, which are expressed through the landscape structure of the mountain territory. Ecological and topological profiling and large-scale mapping of vegetation and landscapes made it possible to assess the spatial diversity of unique sub-Mediterranean ecosystems according to geological and geomorphological conditions, including the absolute heights, exposure and steepness of the slopes, climate features and the influence of the sea. The specificity of environmental conditions at different altitudes is reflected in the structure of phytocoenotic diversity, which causes the formation of two altitudinal sub-belts within the seaside belt, as well as the change in the typological composition of forest, sparse forest and shrub communities at different levels of phytocatena.
Keywords: Sub-Mediterranean, phytocoenotic diversity, vegetation map, landscapes, Abrau peninsula.