Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 563–584, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-563-2021
SOIL, 7, 563–584, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-563-2021

Original research article 30 Aug 2021

Original research article | 30 Aug 2021

Hydrological soil properties control tree regrowth after forest disturbance in the forest steppe of central Mongolia

Florian Schneider et al.

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ED: Revision (21 Dec 2020) by Nikolaus J. Kuhn
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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Mar 2021) by Nikolaus J. Kuhn
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ED: Publish as is (29 Jul 2021) by Nikolaus J. Kuhn
ED: Publish as is (04 Aug 2021) by Kristof Van Oost(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
The central Mongolian forest steppe underlies a recent decline of forested area. We analysed the site and soil properties in the Khangai Mountains to identify differences between disturbed forest areas with and without regrowth of trees. More silty soils were found under areas with tree regrowth and more sandy soils under areas without tree regrowth. Due to the continental, semi-arid climate, soil properties which increase the amount of available water are decisive for tree regrowth in Mongolia.