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Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature Author Adrian Forsyth
ISBN-10 9781439144749
Release 2011-05-24
Pages 272
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Seventeen marvelous essays introducing the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest. A lively, lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its seventeen marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest. Includes a lengthy appendix of practical advice for the tropical traveler.

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature Author Adrian Forsyth
ISBN-10 0684187108
Release 1987-01-29
Pages 272
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Tropical Nature has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Tropical Nature also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Tropical Nature book for free.

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature Author Adrian Forsyth
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173013777944
Release 1984
Pages 248
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Tropical Nature has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Tropical Nature also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Tropical Nature book for free.

Tropical Ecology

Tropical Ecology Author John Kricher
ISBN-10 1400838959
Release 2011-02-28
Pages 704
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This full-color illustrated textbook offers the first comprehensive introduction to all major aspects of tropical ecology. It explains why the world's tropical rain forests are so universally rich in species, what factors may contribute to high species richness, how nutrient cycles affect rain forest ecology, and how ecologists investigate the complex interrelationships among flora and fauna. It covers tropical montane ecology, riverine ecosystems, savanna, dry forest--and more. Tropical Ecology begins with a historical overview followed by a sweeping discussion of biogeography and evolution, and then introduces students to the unique and complex structure of tropical rain forests. Other topics include the processes that influence everything from species richness to rates of photosynthesis: how global climate change may affect rain forest characteristics and function; how fragmentation of ecosystems affects species richness and ecological processes; human ecology in the tropics; biodiversity; and conservation of tropical ecosystems and species. Drawing on real-world examples taken from actual research, Tropical Ecology is the best textbook on the subject for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Offers the first comprehensive introduction to tropical ecology Describes all the major kinds of tropical terrestrial ecosystems Explains species diversity, evolutionary processes, and coevolutionary interactions Features numerous color illustrations and examples from actual research Covers global warming, deforestation, reforestation, fragmentation, and conservation The essential textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students Suitable for courses with a field component Leading universities that have adopted this book include: Biola University Bucknell University California State University, Fullerton Colorado State University - Fort Collins Francis Marion University Michigan State University Middlebury College Northern Kentucky University Ohio Wesleyan University St. Mary's College of Maryland Syracuse University Tulane University University of California, Santa Cruz University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati University of Florida University of Missouri University of New Mexico University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of the West Indies Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

Portraits of the Rainforest

Portraits of the Rainforest Author Adrian Forsyth
ISBN-10 0921820992
Release 1995-03-01
Pages 155
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PORTRAITS OF THE RAINFOREST explores the precarious contingencies that determine the nature of tropical life. The exquisite photography of Michael and Patricia Fogden helps to make this book an unforgettable journey.

Green Phoenix

Green Phoenix Author William Allen
ISBN-10 9780195161779
Release 2003
Pages 310
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An award-winning science writer describes how a group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers embarked on a campaign to save the badly damaged tropical forests in northwestern Costa Rica, offering an inspirational account of the political, social, and ecological steps they took to transform the area into a rich, varied landscape that has become a true environmental success story.

A Neotropical Companion

A Neotropical Companion Author John Kricher
ISBN-10 9781400866915
Release 2015-02-18
Pages 448
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A Neotropical Companion introduces armchair travelers, field naturalists, and conservationists to the tropics of Central and South America. In recent years the neotropics have been more and more frequently visited by those interested in rain forests and the exotic birds, mammals, insects, and plants of these ecosystems. At the same time scientific knowledge of the neotropics has bourgeoned. A primer for the student and for the scientific amateur, this well-illustrated volume presents a general and up-to-date view of some of the world's most complex natural environments. In addition, it provides the neotropical specialist with a broad look at the entire field of neotropical biology. After giving an overview of the different kinds of ecosystems in the tropics, the author describes the structure, function, and evolution of tropical rain forests. Tropical trees are then discussed, as are the vast array of vines, orchids, bromeliads, and other plants that live among the branches of the forest giants. A chapter on the "tropical pharmacy" treats the many drugs present in tropical vegetation and the evolutionary influence of these drugs. The book surveys the great diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods of the neotropics and provides separate chapters on tropical savannas and on coastal ecosystems. An epilogue deals with the crucially important issues of the conservation of neotropical environments.

Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts

Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts Author Patrick L. Osborne
ISBN-10 9781107375543
Release 2012-02-09
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Tropical habitats cover over one third of the Earth's terrestrial surface and harbor much of its biodiversity, with many areas rich in endemic species. However, these ecosystems are under significant and growing threat from issues such as deforestation, land degradation and ocean acidification. This introductory textbook provides a comprehensive guide to the major tropical biomes. It is unique in its balanced coverage of both aquatic and terrestrial systems and in its international scope. Each chapter is built around a particular tropical ecosystem, with descriptive case studies providing a framework around which ecological concepts and applied ecological topics are presented. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent advances in the field and includes a greater focus on the impact of global climate change. The text is supported throughout by boxes containing supplementary material and is illustrated with over 200 clear, simple line diagrams, maps and photographs.


Jaguar Author Alan Rabinowitz
ISBN-10 9781597269025
Release 2000-02-02
Pages 416
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In 1983, zoologist Alan Rabinowitz ventured into the rain forest of Belize, determined to study the little-known jaguar in its natural habitat and to establish the world's first jaguar preserve. Within two years, he had succeeded. In Jaguar he provides the only first-hand account of a scientist's experience with jaguars in the wild. Originally published in 1986, this edition includes a new preface and epilogue by the author that bring the story up to date with recent events in the region and around the world.


Monteverde Author Nalini M. Nadkarni
ISBN-10 9780195133103
Release 2000-03-09
Pages 573
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The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has captured the attention of biologists, conservationists and ecologists and has been the setting for extensive investigation over the past 30 years. This provides information on this ecosystem and the biota.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Author Barbara Ras
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173000839200
Release 1994
Pages 238
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Table of Contents Northern Zone: Carmen Naranjo "Believe It or Not" Jose Leon Sanchez "The Girl Who Came from the Moon" Mario Gonzalez Feo "Bucho Vargas, Healer and Medicine Man" San Jose and the Central Valley: Yolanda Oreamuno "The Lizard with the White Belly" Rima de Vallbona "The Chumico Tree" Fabian Dobles "The Tagua Tree" Samuel Rovinski "The Adventure" Fernando Duran Ayanegui "Monday" Alfonso Chase "Faust in Hatillo" Guanacaste: Rima de Vallbona "Mystery Stone" Southern Pacific Coast Carlos Salazar Herrera "The Bongo" Alfonso Chase "She Wore a Bikini" Southern Zone: Carlos Salazar Herrera "The Carbonero" Atlantic Zone: Fabian Dobles "The Diary" Carlos Luis Fallas "In the Shadow of the Banana Tree" Quince Duncan "The Oropendolas" Abel Pacheco From "Deeper Than Skin" Julieta Pinto "The Blue Fish" Costa Rica: Yolanda Oreamuno "The Spirit of My Land" Carmen Lyra "Pastor's Ten Little Old Men" Joaquin Gutierrez "A Leaf of Air" Max Jimenez "The Palmitero" Louis Ducoudray "Here" Uriel Quesada "We Have Brought You the Sea" Alfredo Aguilar "Mint Flowers" Carmen Naranjo "When New Flowers Bloomed"

The Tapir s Morning Bath

The Tapir s Morning Bath Author Elizabeth Royte
ISBN-10 0618257586
Release 2002
Pages 328
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Journeys to the rain forest on Panama's Barro Colorado Island to trace the intricate workings of this complex ecological habitat and examines the work of the scientists racing against time to classify, understand, and preserve an endangered environment. Reprint.

Tree of Rivers The Story of the Amazon

Tree of Rivers  The Story of the Amazon Author John Hemming
ISBN-10 9780500771242
Release 2009-11-30
Pages 368
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“In his long career of exploration and scholarship, Hemming has become a powerful advocate for the Amazon.”—The New York Times, John Hemming Amazonia is one of the most magnificent habitats on earth. Containing the world’s largest river, with more water and a broader basin than any other, it hosts a great expanse of tropical rain forest, home to the planet’s most luxuriant biological diversity. The human beings who settled in the region 10,000 years ago learned to live well with its bounty of fish, game, and vegetation. It was not until 1500 that Europeans first saw the Amazon, and, unsurprisingly, the rain forest’s unique environment has attracted larger-than-life personalities through the centuries. John Hemming recalls the adventures and misadventures of intrepid explorers, fervent Jesuit ecclesiastics, and greedy rubber barons who enslaved thousands of Indians in the relentless quest for profit. He also tells of nineteenth-century botanists, fearless advocates for Indian rights, and the archaeologists and anthropologists who have uncovered the secrets of the Amazon’s earliest settlers. Hemming discusses the current threat to Amazonia as forests are destroyed to feed the world’s appetite for timber, beef, and soybeans, and he vividly describes the passionate struggles taking place in order to utilize, protect, and understand the Amazon.

One River

One River Author Wade Davis
ISBN-10 9781439126837
Release 2010-05-11
Pages 544
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The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history. In 1941, Professor Richard Evan Schultes took a leave from Harvard and disappeared into the Amazon, where he spent the next twelve years mapping uncharted rivers and living among dozens of Indian tribes. In the 1970s, he sent two prize students, Tim Plowman and Wade Davis, to follow in his footsteps and unveil the botanical secrets of coca, the notorious source of cocaine, a sacred plant known to the Inca as the Divine Leaf of Immortality. A stunning account of adventure and discovery, betrayal and destruction, One River is a story of two generations of explorers drawn together by the transcendent knowledge of Indian peoples, the visionary realms of the shaman, and the extraordinary plants that sustain all life in a forest that once stood immense and inviolable.

The New Neotropical Companion

The New Neotropical Companion Author John Kricher
ISBN-10 9781400885589
Release 2017-02-21
Pages 448
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The New Neotropical Companion is the completely revised and expanded edition of a book that has helped thousands of people to understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on Earth, the American tropics. Featuring stunning color photos throughout, it is a sweeping and cutting-edge account of tropical ecology that includes not only tropical rain forests but also other ecosystems such as cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. This is the only guide to the American tropics that is all-inclusive, encompassing the entire region's ecology and the amazing relationships among species rather than focusing just on species identification. The New Neotropical Companion is a book unlike any other. Here, you will learn how to recognize distinctive ecological patterns of rain forests and other habitats and to interpret how these remarkable ecosystems function—everything is explained in clear and engaging prose free of jargon. You will also be introduced to the region's astonishing plant and animal life. Informative and entertaining, The New Neotropical Companion is a pleasurable escape for armchair naturalists, and visitors to the American tropics will want to refer to this book before, during, and after their trip. Covers all of tropical America Describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors Includes every major ecosystem, from lowland rain forests to the high Andes Features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants, and animals

Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World

Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World Author Dominick A. DellaSala
ISBN-10 9781597266765
Release 2011
Pages 295
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Temperate rainforests are biogeographically unique. Compared to their tropical counterparts, temperate rainforests are rarer and are found disproportionately along coastlines. Because most temperate rainforests are marked by the intersection of marine, terrestrial, and freshwater systems, these rich ecotones are among the most productive regions on Earth. Globally, temperate rainforests store vast amounts of carbon, provide habitat for scores of rare and endemic species with ancient affinities, and sustain complex food-web dynamics. In spite of their global significance, however, protection levels for these ecosystems are far too low to sustain temperate rainforests under a rapidly changing global climate and ever expanding human footprint. Therefore, a global synthesis is needed to provide the latest ecological science and call attention to the conservation needs of temperate and boreal rainforests. A concerted effort to internationalize the plight of the world’s temperate and boreal rainforests is underway around the globe; this book offers an essential (and heretofore missing) tool for that effort. DellaSala and his contributors tell a compelling story of the importance of temperate and boreal rainforests that includes some surprises (e.g., South Africa, Iran, Turkey, Japan, Russia). This volume provides a comprehensive reference from which to build a collective vision of their future.

Sustaining Life

Sustaining Life Author Eric Chivian
ISBN-10 9780195175097
Release 2008-05-15
Pages 542
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Examines the relationship between the animals, plants, and insects on land and in the water and how they have provided health benefits to society.