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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.

Central America

Central America Author Anthony G. Coates
ISBN-10 0300080654
Release 1999
Pages 277
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Describes the cultural and natural history of Central America, covering such topics as the area's geological origins, natural corridors, native peoples, and conservation efforts.

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.

Tropical rain forest ecology diversity and conservation

Tropical rain forest ecology  diversity  and conservation Author Jaboury Ghazoul
ISBN-10 019928587X
Release 2010-07-20
Pages 516
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Rain forests represent the world's richest repository of terrestrial biodiversity, and play a major role in regulating the global climate. They support the livelihoods of a substantial proportion of the world's population and are the source of many internationally traded commodities. They remain (despite decades of conservation attention) increasingly vulnerable to degradation and clearance, with profound though often uncertain future costs to global society. Understanding the ecology of these diverse biomes, and peoples' dependencies on them, is fundamental to their future management and conservation. Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation introduces and explores what rain forests are, how they arose, what they contain, how they function, and how humans use and impact them. The book starts by introducing the variety of rain forest plants, fungi, microorganisms, and animals, emphasising the spectacular diversity that is the motivation for their conservation. The central chapters describe the origins of rain forest communities, the variety of rain forest formations, and their ecology and dynamics. The challenge of explaining the species richness of rain forest communities lies at the heart of ecological theory, and forms a common theme throughout. The book's final section considers historical and current interactions of humans and rain forests. It explores biodiversity conservation as well as livelihood security for the many communities that are dependent on rain forests - inextricable issues that represent urgent priorities for scientists, conservationists, and policy makers.

Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts

Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts Author Patrick L. Osborne
ISBN-10 9780521177344
Release 2012-02-09
Pages 522
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Introductory textbook using the entire range of tropical ecosystems - terrestrial, freshwater and marine - to illustrate and explain major ecological concepts.

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.

Time Among the Maya

Time Among the Maya Author Ronald Wright
ISBN-10 0802137288
Release 2000
Pages 453
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The Maya created one of the world's most brilliant civilizations, famous for its art, astronomy, and deep fascination with the mystery of time. Despite collapse in the ninth century, Spanish invasion in the sixteenth, and civil war in the twentieth, eight million people in Guatemala, Belize, and southern Mexico speak Mayan languages and maintain their resilient culture to this day. Traveling through Central America's jungles and mountains, Ronald Wright explores the ancient roots of the Maya, their recent troubles, and prospects for survival. Embracing history, anthropology, politics, and literature, Time Among the Maya is a riveting journey through past magnificence and the study of an enduring civilization with much to teach the present. "Wright's unpretentious narrative blends anthropology, archaeology, history, and politics with his own entertaining excursions and encounters." -- The New Yorker; "Time Among the Maya shows Wright to be far more than a mere storyteller or descriptive writer. He is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures." -- Jan Morris, The Independent (London).


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.

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.

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 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


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.

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.