The Spalding Plots

The Spalding Plots: Mapping 100 years of vegetation change

 

The longest continuously studied pieces of land in the world. See over 100 years of change in minutes.

Script: Paul Mirocha and Benjamin T. Wilder
Video by Paul Mirocha and Shipherd Reed

Images (in order of appearance):

Tumamoc Hill, Paul Mirocha
The Desert Laboratory ca. 1910, photographer unknown, courtesy of the Desert Laboratory
Dr. Volney Spalding, courtesy of the Desert Laboratory
Image of Dr. Spalding’s notebook, courtesy of the Desert Laboratory
Mapping of one the long-term plots, Paul Mirocha
Map of Tumamoc Hill, courtesy of the Desert Laboratory
Image of Dr. Spalding’s notebook, courtesy of the Desert Laboratory
Ray Turner and Seth Munson recording data in a long-term plot, Paul Mirocha
Ray Turner recording data in a long-term plot, Paul Mirocha
Digitized plot images, courtesy of the Desert Laboratory
Music, Hush, courtesy of Calexico
Sonoran Desert, courtesy of Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium