Measuring Root Depths of Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) in Louisiana

Authors: George Castille*, Castille Consulting Services, LLC
Topics: Earth Science, Coastal and Marine, Environment
Keywords: coastal erosion, baldcypress, taxodium distichum, root depths, sedimentation.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Balcony N, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) trees are one of the most common forest wetland species in Louisiana. Little research has been conducted on root depths of baldcypress. These trees are important because of their soil stabilizing function and because they provide some protection against storm surges along the Gulf coast. The author examined root exposures from two different environments: an area where trees were subjected to periodic long-term sedimentation and an area where the trees were located in a relatively stable environment with minimal sedimentation. Roots were observed to depths of up to 5.6 m (18.3 ft) below the surface in an aggrading environment and up to 4.6 m (15.2 ft) in areas where very little or no sediment accumulation was apparent.

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