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Australian Rainforests Islands of Green in a Land of Fire

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ISBN-10: 0521465680

ISBN-13: 9780521465687

Edition: 2000

Authors: D. M. J. S. Bowman

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Why do Australian rainforests occur as islands within the tracts of Eucalyptus? Why is fire a key ecological factor in every Australian landscape? This text details the literature that tries to solve the puzzle of rainforest habitats in Australia.
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Book details

List price: $160.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

David Bowman is Professor of Forest Ecology in the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania. He uses a range of tools, including remote sensing and geographic information analysis, stable isotopes, ecophysiological analysis, mathematical modelling, biological survey and molecular analysis to understand how Australian landscapes have evolved in response to climatic change, varying fire regimes, the introduction of large vertebrate herbivores, and the impacts of contemporary and prehistoric management.

Preface
Introduction
What is Australian rainforest?
The sclerophyll problem
The edaphic theory I. The control of rainforest by soil phosphorus
The edaphic theory II. Soil types, drainage and fertility
The climate theory I. Water stress
The climate theory II. Light and temperature
The fire theory I. Field evidence
The fire theory II. Fire, nutrient cycling and topography
The fire theory III. Fire frequency, succession and ecological drift
The fire theory IV. Aboriginal landscape-burning
The fire theory V. Aridity and the evolution of flammable forests
Fire management and rainforest conservation
Summary
References