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Alteration of first two Ps[edit]

Someone, at some point, had mangled the first sentence, completely changing it's meaning from the original. Also, the "importance" paragraph had been merged into the intro P, making it unnecessarily long and diffuse. Don't know how long ago this happened, as I have not checked the article much lately. I have reverted both of these to their approximate original conditions.

Jeeb (talk) 14:51, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Vegetation is a general term for the plant life of a region; it refers to the ground cover provided by plants. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora which refers exclusively to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global. Primeval redwood forests, coastal mangrove stands, sphagnum bogs, desert soil crusts, roadside weed patches, wheat fields, cultivated gardens and lawns; all are encompassed by the term vegetation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:05, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

This is a very interesting article. I would like to look deeper into this topic such as covering the trends in vegetation change and how we can use vegetation as a tool in landscape planning and design. Skyplanner (talk) 07:22, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Earth cover[edit]

In the interest of consolidation of knowledge, I think it would be prudent to merge stubs that are synonymous (or nearly so) rather than foster a plethora of colloquial or semantically varying stubs. It would be more instructional to discuss differences in a single article rather than refer to one or more additional articles to get the same information. --Animalparty-- (talk) 02:40, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

The usage in the source in the article implies usage that is synonymous with vegetation, but there is usage that implies that vegetation is one of many kinds of earth cover, e.g., as used here "Division - This is the first level in the classification standard separating Earth cover into either vegetated or non-vegetated categories". There also appears to be a second or more different meanings - in green building, military, pavement, etc., justifying a disambiguation page if articles on what is referred to in those uses are ever started. FloraWilde (talk) 19:05, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
I would oppose that merger. This article (Vegetation) is about the biological concept of vegetation, while the Land cover article deals with it in the context of a wider range of land occupancy issues which are relevant mainly to the topic of land use classification and remote sensing. While there is obviously crossover between the two, that can be dealt with in WP by cross-referencing and by linkage. That is one of WP's special strengths compared with paper encyclopedias. There is therefore nothing wrong with separate articles that primarily speak to different groups of people, and I see no benefit in homogenising. Plantsurfer 12:44, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
Against merge, because the topics are completely different, cover refers to all kinds of crops, forests, nature, vegetation is a specific term and concept from ecology. Henriduvent (talk) 07:40, 12 April 2016 (UTC)