Thanks to: Morton Salt…Ed Fasulo Joy Global Corp….Dan Flournoy Mr. Ben E. Jarvis…Steen Saline Jason Singhurst TPWD co-chair Kim Norton BRIT Clifford Shackelford TPWD moderator Craig Rudolph USFS Wayne Elisens TORCH Amanda Neill TORCH
TORCH Texas Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria NSF funded effort at broad scale cooperation
Saline Prairies and Marshes of Inland East Texas Sources of information Soil surveys Google earth Geology reports Digital newspapers…today we know more about the past than they did in the past. Which are gone Significance…salt running like a thread throughout Texas History Caddo Spanish early grants French Fort LeDout (Woldert site) Anglo Pedro Ellias Bean seed tick springs Civil war Oil/gas, salt sulphur (Woldert wells) Salt, sulphur China? Need cooperative effort Research questions Origin and age? Vicariance or dispersal? Plant Source for phytoremediation? Gene source for engineering? Converting polluted sites to endangered species habitat?
Origin and Formation Jurassic salts Deposited up to 8km deep