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North American Terrestrial Vegetation 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521559867
ISBN-10: 0521559863
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"Far more than a mere compilation of vegetation types, this book synthesizes our current understanding of the history, dynamics, and physical setting of the continent's plant cover...as a text and a reference for field scientists at all levels it is unsurpassed as a guide to the vegetation blanketing North America and to the processes structuring that vegetation." Ecology

"...will be the standard reference on North American plant communities for quite some time" Bioscience

"Replete with photographs, diagrams, graphs and tables, each treatment ends with extensive reference sections. Students, researchers traveling to new regions, and many other professionals will welcome this book." Choice

"An important book for academic as well as personal libraries." Northeastern Naturalist

"...this single treatise is an enlightening series of chapters... It goes well beyond the traditional overview of identification of dominant species and zonal synopses of the typical field guide or chapter in a textbook... each chapter stands alone as a useful primer to the patterns and process within a particular vegetation type... Any student of vegetation should read some of this volume, and it should be on the desk of any field researcher in North America." Charles V. Cogbill, Ecoscience

"This second edition of perhaps the most definitive textbook of North American ecology will by turns inform, delight, challenge and rebuke readers of many interests. Primarily a didactic achievement of a high order of scholarship by a large number of expert contributors, this fascinating volume will reward the casual reader and the intensely focused student alike with insightful surveys of the thousands of habitats in which vegetation flourishes or struggles to survive." Chicago Botanic Garden

Book Description

This new edition 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, environment, and conservation status of each ecosystem. This edition has new 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 724 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (December 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521559863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521559867
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,823,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great resource and wealth of information, especially if I'm going to an area of the country I haven't spent much time in before.
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