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North American terrestrial vegetation
Barbour, Michael G.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xi, 708 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Arctic tundra and polar desert biome / Lawrence C. Bliss -- The taiga and boreal forest / Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk -- Forests and meadows of the Rocky Mountains / Robert K. Peet -- Pacific Northwest forests / Jerry F. Franklin and Charles B. Halpern -- Californian upland forest and woodlands / Michael G. Barbour and Richard A. Minnich -- Chaparral / Jon E. Keeley -- Intermountain valleys and lower mountain slopes / Neil E. West and James A. Young -- Warm deserts / James A. MacMahon -- Grasslands / Phillip L. Sims and Paul G. Risser -- Eastern deciduous forests / Hazel R. Delcourt and Paul A. Delcourt -- Vegetation of the southeastern Coastal Plain / Norman L. Christensen -- Freshwater wetlands / Curtis J. Richardson -- Saltmarshes and mangroves / Irving A. Mendelssohn and Karen L. McKee -- Alpine vegetation / William Dwight Billings -- Mexican temperate vegetation / Alejandro Valázquez, Victor Manuel Toledo, and Isolda Luna -- The Caribbean / Ariel E. Luga, Julio Figueroa Colón, and Frederick N. Scatena -- Tropical and subropical vegetation of Mesoamerica / Gary S. Hartshorn -- Vegetation of the Hawaiian Islands / Lloyd L. Loope.

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This edition is a major contribution to botanical and ecological literature, and provides comprehensive coverage of the major vegetation types of North America from the arctic tundra of Alaska to the tropical forests of Central America. Each chapter describes the composition, architecture, environment, and conservation status of each ecosystem. In addition, information is included on the abiotic environment, paleoecology, productivity, nutrient cycling, autoecological behavior of dominant species, environmental issues, management problems, the role of natural disturbance, and critical areas for future research. This edition has additional chapters on freshwater wetlands, coastal marine wetlands, temperate Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Hawaiian Islands. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated and now includes information on habitat loss and restoration-preservation programs. This is an outstanding edition of a well-received text and it is essential reading for students and researchers in plant science, ecology, and conservation.

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Different contributors in 13 chapters review current knowledge of the major plant formations of North America from the arctic to the Central American tropics. Each chapter provides quantitative descriptions of regional vegetation types, and all have sections on paleobotany, the modern environment, human-induced vegetation changes, and "successional" changes after disturbance. The actual content reflects the diverse research interests of the authors combined with a unique body of literature for each vegetation type. The liberal use of well-chosen and well-reproduced photographs adds an important dimension lacking in many modern treatments of vegetation. Numerous maps, tables, and graphs, plus extensive chapter bibliographies and a detailed index, ensure this book's value to a nationwide readership of undergraduates, graduate students, botanists, ecologists, and resource managers. No other modern reference work on this subject is as comprehensive, professional, and enjoyable, but a useful companion volume is Physiological Ecology of North American Plant Communities, ed. by B.F. Chabot and H.A. Mooney (CH, Oct '85). Highly recommended for all academic libraries. -G. D. Dreyer, Connecticut College

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1 Arctic tundra and polar desert biomeLawrence C. Bliss
2 The taiga and boreal forestDeborah L. Elliot-Fisk
3 Forests and meadows of the Rocky MountainsRobert K. Peet
4 Pacific northwest forestsJerry F. Franklin and Charles B. Halpern
5 California upland forests and woodlandsMichael G. Barbour and Richard A. Minnich
6 ChaparralJon E. Keeley
7 Vegetation of intermountain valleys and lower mountain slopesNeil E. West and James A. Young
8 Warm desertsJames A. MacMahon
9 GrasslandsPhillip L. Sims and Paul G. Risser
10 Eastern deciduous forestsHazel R. Delcourt and Paul A. Delcourt
11 Vegetation of the southeastern coastal plainNorman L. Christensen
12 Freshwater wetlandsCurtis J. Richardson
13 Saltmarshes and mangroves of North AmericaIrving A. Mendelssohn and Karen L. McKee
14 Alpine vegetation of North America William Dwight Billings
15 Temperate vegetation of Mexico Alejandro VelazquezVictor Manuel Toledo and Isolda Luna
16 The CaribbeanAriel E. Lugo and Julio Figueroa Colon and Frederick N. Scatena
17 Tropical and subtropical vegetation of Meso-AmericaGary S. Hartshorn
18 Vegetation of the Hawaiian IslandsLloyd L. Loope