monoclimax

monoclimax

[¦män·ō¦klī‚maks]
(ecology)
A climax community controlled primarily by one factor, as climate.
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Humans were, in his view, alien and invasive barriers to the natural movement, or succession, of vegetation toward its destined end point: the monoclimax.
On Western rangelands, the monoclimax was presumably the vegetative cover that preceded the arrival of homesteaders: tall- and short-grass prairies on the high plains; old-growth forests in the high Rockies; and pristine desert grasslands and shrublands in the intermountain basins.
It matters little to the environmental vision that modem ecological thought has moved beyond Clements's linear and deterministic world to the more dynamic and indeterminate universe of chaos theory--a universe where disturbance, unpredictability, individualism, and hidden yet spontaneous order are more characteristic of nature than the deliberate and unchanging features of the monoclimax.