Old field (ecology)
Old field is a term used in ecology to describe lands formerly cultivated or grazed but later abandoned. The dominant flora include grasses, heaths and herbaceous plants, with encroaching woody vegetation. It represents an intermediate stage found in ecological succession in an ecosystem advancing towards its climax community. The concept of climax communities has been challenged in recent years.
- Brownfield land: abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities
- Greenfield land: undeveloped land in a city or rural area
- Indian old field: land formerly occupied or used by Native Americans in the United States
- Core, Earl L. (1949), "Original Treeless Areas in West Virginia", J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc., 65:306–310.
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