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Moore, Peter D.
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New York : Facts on File, [2001]

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viii, 200 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Geography of wetlands -- Geology of wetlands -- The atmosphere, the carbon cycle, and wetlands -- Chemistry of wetlands -- Biology of wetlands -- Biodiversity of wetlands -- Wetlands in history -- Economics of wetlands -- Health of wetlands -- Wetlands management.
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Wetlands are comprised of a wide range of habitats - from saline, coastal marshes and mangrove swamps to the rain-fed mires of the world's wet mountains. This volume is a comprehensive account of their biological and physical richness and how their complex ecological systems function.

Author Notes

Peter D. Moore is a scientist, writer, and ecology lecturer at King's College London, where he serves as director of the Human Environmental Sciences and Applied Environmental Sciences programs.

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Once considered to be worthless mosquito-infested areas, wetlands are now known to provide a multitude of important services in nature. Moore (King's College, London) provides an excellent overview of these diverse ecosystems in this revised edition (2001). He primarily focuses on European and North American wetlands, although he also includes other regions of the globe. Nine chapters cover the geography, geology, chemistry, ecology, types, biodiversity, history, value, and future of wetlands. A variety of maps, drawings, and photographs clearly illustrate important concepts. A list of further reading consists entirely of books, most of which are scholarly in nature. A good glossary and more than 125 full-color photographs and line illustrations are also included. This work is part of Facts on File's six-volume "Ecosystem" set aimed at high school, college, and general readers. Other volumes in the set include Deserts, Oceans, Tropical Forests, Tundra, and Wetlands. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers through undergraduates. C. E. Buckley Illinois State University



Wetlands are made up of a wide range of habitats--from saline coastal marshes and mangrove swamps to the rain-fed mires of the world's wet mountains, the tundra mires of the Arctic, and the shallow lakes and fresh marshes of continental interiors. Wetlands, one of four volumes in the successful Ecosystem series, is the first comprehensive account of the ecology, biology, chemistry, history, and economics of wetlands. Beautifully enhanced with dozens of color photos and illustrations, the text is written in a straightforward, nontechnical manner, that will help readers to appreciate the biological and physical richness of wetlands, understand how their complex ecological systems function, and see how numerous animals and plants adapt to the wetland way of life. The author, internationally recognized in the study of wetlands, insightfully discusses the major wetland types of the world, including their geography, chemistry, and biology; the distinctive features that allow wetlands to function, including water flow, nutrient movements, food webs, and decomposition; the interconnected relationship between wetlands and human history and culture; the conservation of existing wetlands and the rehabilitation of those that have already been damaged; the human exploitation of wetlands; and the threats to their continued existence. Wetlands is destined to be an essential reference for students of biology, ecology, geography, and environmental science. The Ecosystem series provides a comprehensive and accessible survey of the vast range of activities--human, biological, chemical, and physical--occurring in global ecology. Through lively and detailed discussion of biomes around the world, the books introduce readers to basic ecological concepts and demonstrate how these concepts influence the relations between humans and their environments. Coverage includes: • Excerpted from Wetlands by Peter D. Moore All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Part 1 Geography of Wetlandsp. 2
Part 2 Geology of Wetlandsp. 8
Part 3 The Atmosphere, the Carbon Cycle, and Wetlandsp. 30
Part 4 Chemistry of Wetlandsp. 42
Part 5 Biology of Wetlandsp. 56
Part 6 Biodiversity of Wetlandsp. 96
Part 7 Wetlands in Historyp. 138
Part 8 Economics of Wetlandsp. 156
Part 9 Health of Wetlandsp. 166
Part 10 Wetlands Managementp. 172
Glossaryp. 180
Appendixp. 187
Further Readingp. 188
Indexp. 191