Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
California Serpentines: Flora, Vegetation, Geology, Soils, and Management Problems (UC Publications in Botany)
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
"The Human Superorganism" by Rodney Dietert PhD
Award-winning researcher on the microbiome, professor Rodney Dietert presents a new paradigm in human biology that has emerged in the midst of the ongoing global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases. Learn more
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Outside of the tropics, California contains the largest concentration of serpentines in the world, and like New Caledonia, its environment to some extent is shaped by the character of these toxic soils, which contain unusual concentrations of siderophile metals nickel, chromium and cobalt. Serpentine soils, like those of Australia and Southern Africa, are very deficient in phosphorus, nitrogen and sulfur, though there are important differences in that they lack the severe deficiency in chalcophile elements found in almost all Australian and Southern African soils. Serpentine soils, as author Artur Kruckebrgs shows, also often have some unique physical problems because of their shallowness and very high erosion risk, a trait also found on soils derived from other ultramafics. Despite this, as I have recently read, the poisonous and infertile character of serpentine soils allows the northern California coast, where they are most dense, to in some respects appear a region of much lower latitude than it is. Examples can be seen in the duetting towhees, which are almost the most northerly birds with this trait.Read more ›