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  • 1 University of Western Ontario Department of Plant Sciences N6A 5B7 London
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This Essay is response to the general question that I put to myself: How should I, an outsider to the topic, go about rationalising the notion of pattern and its dynamics when the pattern objects come from the vegetation? To facilitate succinct discussion of a very broad and intertwined topic, the Essay breaks down the pattern paradigm into three parts. The first part is concerned with the conceptual universe defined by the pattern objects, scale dependences, and order-chaos convolutions. The second part deals with the description of pattern and its evolution through time. The third, in the manner of a number of short comments, takes up pattern epidemiology, the Art of revealing cause and effect, extent, and significance.

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