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Special places : the changing ecosystems of the Toronto region
Chant, Donald A., 1928-
Publication Information:
Vancouver : UBC Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 342 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
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QH106.2.O6 S63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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High Park, Scarborough Bluffs, the Humber Valley, the Port Lands.nbsp;These are among the special places of Toronto.nbsp; Each is a uniqueecosystem within the busy urban region. Even though Torontonians thinkof the city as almost entirely built up, savannah or wetlands are onlya subway ride away. Special Places explores the changingecosystems of the Toronto area over this century, looking at theenvironmental conditions that influence the whole region and at thesurprising range of plants and animals you can still find in many ofits natural spaces.

Author Notes

Betty Roots and Donald Chant are bothEmeritus Professors, Department of Zoology, University of Toronto.Betty Roots was also Director, Life Sciences Division of the Academy ofScience, Royal Society of Canada. Conrad Heidenreichteaches in the Department of Geography at York University.

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This visually and intellectually attractive volume presents an exquisitely designed natural history of Toronto's metropolitan area. Elements of the dynamic urban ecosystem are woven together, including vital human and natural environmental components, creating an enlightening depiction of the value of the region's natural places. This colorful book uses an all-encompassing ecosystems approach to analysis, exploring the variables of time and natural and human diversity, then focusing on the unique natural places that give the region its physical texture and priceless natural history. Discussion of climate and watersheds open the discussion, with early human settlement highlighting the early human-land occupance that evolves through time into a complex panoply of contemporary urban and natural land use patterns. Each well-crafted chapter in the natural environmental section highlights the key features of the nonhuman ecosystem: vascular plants; mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens; fungi; invertebrates; insects; fish; amphibians and reptiles; mammals; and birds. Chapters discussing special places address the protected natural zones that make this urban region unusual, namely the waterfront ecosystem; the port lands; Scarborough Bluffs and the savannas of High Park; Oak Ridges moraine; the Credit River; the Humber, Don, and Rouge Valleys; and Duffins Creek. Color photographs; maps, graphs, diagrams, aerial photos; excellent bibliography. A valuable book for academic audiences. All levels. M. Evans; SUNY Empire State College