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Vegetation of Southern Africa

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ISBN-13: 978-0521548014
ISBN-10: 0521548012
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'Vegetation of Southern Africa is most certainly a classic volume that will serve as a core reference for decades to come. I cannot imagine anyone with interests in any aspect of the vegetation or conservation biology of Africa, or in comparative vegetation science, who will not find this useful as a personal reference ... The editors and publisher deserve congratulations for the production of a scholarly volume of this quality.' Philip W. Rundel, Journal of Biogeography

'By involving experts to write on particular aspects of the vegetation in southern Africa and related topics, under the guidance of excellent editorship, it has been possible to compile the most comprehensive compendium of information on southern Africas's vegetation to date ... Vegetation of Southern Africa is well timed as it provides a good critique of the state of affairs and will serve as a valuable benchmark publication for future work.' D. J. McDonald, Bothalia

'The editors are to be congratulated on the breadth and scope of knowledge that has been assembled here.' Annals of Botany

'... believe this detailed account will remain a treasured resource for a long time to come.' Journal of Vegetation Sciences

'... the book thus serves as an excellent introduction to the geographical and ecological studies performed in southern Africa. ... the book is richly illustrated by drawings, diagrams and black-and-white photos. ... Everyone will find some particular details that to date have not been treated in average textbooks of geography. For example, the book provides a remarkable explanation of the contrasting influence of the warm Mozambique Current to the east, and cold ocean waters upwelling along the western sea shore. Botanists will be pleased by the well-documented pattern of five phytogeographical regions, which reflect the much discussed correspondence between life forms, climate and soils.' Jan Jeník, Department of Botany, Charles University, Czech Republic

'Experts and teachers interested in the overall pattern and problems of the biosphere will welcome the first section. ... Everyone will find some particular details that to date have not been treated in average textbooks of geography. ... Botanics will be pleased by the well-documented pattern of five phytogeographical regions ...' Folia geobotanica

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Covering all aspects of the ecology and botany of southern African vegetation, this landmark work is a valuable reference guide for researchers and graduate students alike. All major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are discussed, as well as the evolution of vegetation patterns and important ecological themes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521548012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521548014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,319,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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South Africa has a remarkable floral diversity but has also been endowed with dedicated scientists in the fields of plant ecology and vegetation science. The book, 'Vegetation of Southern Africa' is dedicated to John Acocks whose seminal work 'The Veld Types of South Africa' formed the basis and inspiration for much of what has followed in the realm of vegetation classification in South Africa for many years. It is a fitting tribute that this book should be dedicated to the memory of John Acocks.
The book is well introduced with a complimentary foreword but more importantly a concise and informative general preface. The preface gives the reader a good idea of the aims, scope and setting of the book which is divided into three parts, forming a logical progression from one part to the next. Part 1 comprises four chapters on landscape evolution, climate, biogeography and vegetation palaeohistory which 'set the scene' and provide the reader with a framework for appreciating present vegetation patterns and processes. The second and principal part of the book consists of 10 chapters which describe the major vegetation units found in southern Africa. The treatment follows the classification of the vegetation into seven biomes and three units at the non-biome-scale. Part 3 of the book includes eight chapters on cross-biome topics such as conservation, fire, alien plant invasions and so on. The editors considered these topics to be of global interest and this approach positions the book well to capture the interest of a global audience rather than restricting its appeal to local enthusiasts.
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