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The thickness of peat bed and gradients of peatland surface on different peatland types

Lukkala O. J. (1929). The thickness of peat bed and gradients of peatland surface on different peatland types. Silva Fennica vol. 34 no. 16 article id 7229. https://doi.org/10.14214/aff.7229


The type of the peatland and its classification as forest site (height-over-age-classification) are important information when the drainage potential of a peatland is defined. The gradient and thickness of peat bed are also significant.

The observations for the study have been collected in state owned forests in middle-Finland. The thickness and gradient variations have no clear differences between different types of peatlands. The results show that from the view of drainage for afforestation, the peatlands that are good or suitable for afforestation are flatter and more even that those less suitable. The more suitable peatlands also have thinner peat bed and bigger gradient.

The volume 34 of Acta Forestalia Fennica is a jubileum publication of professor Aimo Kaarlo Cajander.


peatland; afforestation; drainage; forest cultivation; peat bed; gradient

Published in 1929

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