Ecology[edit] West Virginia University botanist Earl L. Core addressed the origin of the "sods" in 1973: How did it happen that these grassy tracts were originally [prior to white settlement] treeless, when all the surrounding areas were covered with trees? No one really knows. Although the "sods" and "balds" have been the subject of much speculation, discussion, and research, no generally-accepted explanation has yet been proposed for their existence. Perhaps there is not really any one cause; the treelessness may be the result of a complex situation which may vary from place to place. Factors suggested may be classified as natural or artificial. Among the natural have been listed climatic, edaphic (soil), topographic, biotic and pyric (fire).[1] The dominant grass is Allegheny flyback (Danthonia compressa), a grass so light in weight that it would "fly back" against the scythe of the mower.[2]

See also[edit] Appalachian balds Appalachian bogs

References[edit] ^ Core, Earl L. (1973), "Allegheny Flyback at Dahle Sods", Charleston Gazette-Mail, 29 July; Reprinted in the same author's 1975 book The Wondrous Year: West Virginia Through the Seasons, Grantsville, West Virginia: Seneca Books, pp 87-92. ^ Core, Earl L. (1974), The Monongalia Story: A Bicentennial History, Vol. I: Prelude, Parsons, W.Va.: McClain Printing Co., pp 55-56. See also: Core, Earl L. (1949), "Original Treeless Areas in West Virginia", J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc., 65:306-310. Rentch, James S. and Ronald H. Fortney (1997), “The Vegetation of West Virginia Grass Bald Communities”, Castanea, 62(3): 147-160 (September issue). This article about a location in Tucker County, West Virginia is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v t e Retrieved from "" Categories: Appalachian bogsCommunity ecologyNatural history of West VirginiaRandolph County, West VirginiaPendleton County, West VirginiaTucker County, West VirginiaAllegheny MountainsMonongahela National ForestBogs of West VirginiaLandformsEcoregionsForest ecologyAppalachian MountainsPotomac Highlands geography stubsHidden categories: All stub articles

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