Biomes of Earth Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Human-Dominated

ISBN-10: 0313319774
ISBN-13: 9780313319778
Edition: 2003
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List price: $98.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 456
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Understanding biomes--the communities of nature that share a similar climate and plant and animal life--is key to a student's success in biology, geography, and environmental studies. This book provides a thorough and accessible description of the climate, plant and animal life, origins and human impacts, and history of the scientific exploration of every major biome in the world. Chapters on the "human-dominated" biomes--urban areas and agricultural regions--illustrate how these frequently ignored communities are also an important part of the global environment. More than 90 maps and photographs help the reader visualize the extent and characteristics of each biome. This book divides the world's biomes into four principal types: Terrestrial, Freshwater, Marine, and Human-dominated. Comprehensive discussions enable readers to obtain a thorough understanding of each biome, and the convenient one-volume format allows easy comparison between aspects of each region. For example, a student can compare the typical characteristics of flora and fauna of the Continental Shelf and Deep Sea biomes, or the climates of the Tropical Rainforest and the Tundra. Current references to the latest scientific research provide a convenient starting point for those interested in more intensive investigations on such issues as the human impact on the distribution of natural biomes and the loss of biodiversity in the world.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Terrestrial Biomes
Introduction
Tropical Rainforests
Tropical Dry Forests
Tropical Savannas
Deserts
Temperate Grasslands
Mediterranean Woodland and Scrub
Temperate Broadleaf Deciduous Forests
Boreal Forests
Tundra
Freshwater Biomes
Introduction
Rivers and Streams
Lakes and Ponds
Marine Biomes
Introduction
Coastal Biome
Continental Shelf Biome
The Deep Sea
Human-Dominated Biomes
Introduction
Agroecosystems
Urban Ecosystems
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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