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Savannas, Barrens, and Rock Outcrop Plant Communities of North America

ISBN-10: 0521035813

ISBN-13: 9780521035811

Edition: 2007

Authors: Roger C. Anderson, James S. Fralish, Jerry M. Baskin

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Savannas and barrens were major components of the historic North American landscape before it was extensively altered by agricultural and urban development during the past century. Rock outcrop plant communities and serpentine barrens are of interest because they are refuges for endemic species adapted to extreme environmental conditions. Many of these communities are currently reduced to less than one percent of their original area and are imperiled ecosystems. This book provides a coherent and readable summary of the technical information available on savannas, barrens, and rock outcrop plant communities. It is organized by region, into four parts: eastern/southeastern region, central/midwest region, western/southwestern region, and northern region. Written by internationally recognized regional specialists, each chapter includes a description of the climate, geology, and soils associated with the community, and information about its historic and current vegetation. This book will be a useful text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying vegetation ecology, as well as a valuable reference for professional and amateur naturalists interested in the conservation, restoration, and management of these communities.
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Book details

List price: $75.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

List of contributors
Introduction
Eastern/Southeastern Region
Ecology and conservation of Florida scrub
Southeastern pine savannas
New Jersey pine plains: the -true barrens- of the New Jersey pine barrens
Vegetation, flora, and plant physiological ecology of serpentine barrens of eastern North America
The mid-Appalachian shale barrens
Eastern granite outcrops
High-elevation outcrops and barrens of the southern Appalachian mountains
Central/Midwest Region
Dry soil oak savanna in the Great Lakes region
Deep-soil savannas and barrens of the Midwestern United States
Open woodland communities of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and middle Tennessee
The big barrens region of Kentucky and Tennessee
Cedar glades of southeastern United States
Savanna, barrens and glade communities of the Ozark Plateaus Province
The cross timbers
Western/Southwestern Region
Ponderosa and limber pine woodlands
The sand shinnery oak (Quercus havardii) communities of the Llano Estacado: history, structure, ecology and restoration
Oak savanna in the American Southwest
Juniper-Pi+�on savannas and woodlands of western North America
Serpentine barrens of western North America
California oak savanna
Northern Region
Jack pine barrens of the northern Great Lakes region
The cliff ecosystem of the Niagara escarpment
Alvars of the Great Lakes region
The flora and ecology of southern Ontario granite barrens
The aspen parkland of Canada
Subarctic lichen woodlands
Index of plants
Index of animals
Topic index