North American Terrestrial Vegetation

North American Terrestrial Vegetation

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Unique in its comprehensive coverage, this book describes the major vegetation types from the arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada to the tropical forest of Central America. This original detailed summary provides the reader with a sense of the species composition, architecture and environment of each ecosystem. Each chapter opens with a map of North America that delineates the specific geographic area discussed within the following text. Some basic topics covered include paleobotany, autecological behaviour, nutrient cycling, and productivity. In addition to the basic biology of the ecosystems, environmental issues and management problems are addressed. Notes on areas for future research conclude each chapter. Comprehensive bibliographies provide references to additional details published in the technical literature.
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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 34mm | 1,138g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521261988
  • 9780521261982

Table of contents

List of contributors; Preface; 1. Arctic tundra and polar desert biome L. C. Bliss; 2. The Boreal Forest D. L. Elliott-Fisk; 3. Forests of the Rocky Mountains R. K. Peet; 4. Pacific Northwest forests J. F. Franklin; 5. Californian upland forests and woodlands M. G. Barbour; 6. Chaparral J. E. Keeley and S. C. Keeley; 7. Intermountain deserts, shrub steppes, and woodlands N. E. West; 8. Warm deserts J. A. MacMahon; 9. Grasslands P. L. Sims; 10. Deciduous forest A. M. Greller; 11. Vegetation of the Southeastern coastal plain N. L. Christensen; 12. Tropical and subtropical vegetation of Meso-America G. S. Hartshorn; 13. Alpine vegetation W. D. Billings; Index.
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