Pruitt-Igoe Forest Timeline

Using historic imagery from GoogleEarth, this series of images explores the growth of the Pruitt-Igoe forest over time.

These images suggest that varying site conditions or maintenance regimes allowed trees to grow first at the fence, and to spread from west to east.  Study of the variety of plant species and communities not only suggests the range of conditions on the site, but a successional model for this urban site as well.  Early successional grasses and goldenrod are replaced by sumac, juniper and cottonwood; and eventually joined by species including elm, catalpa, and honey locust.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in pruitt-igoe, spontaneous vegetation. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s