Biogeography

Biogeography

by James H. Brown, Arthur C. Gibson
     
 

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Like its predecessor, Biogeography, Second Edition, aims to integrate the specialized subdisciplines that threaten to divide the field. It combines ecological and historical perspectives to show how contemporary environments, earth history, and evolutionary processes have shaped the distributions of species and the patterns of biodiversity. It illustrates general

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Like its predecessor, Biogeography, Second Edition, aims to integrate the specialized subdisciplines that threaten to divide the field. It combines ecological and historical perspectives to show how contemporary environments, earth history, and evolutionary processes have shaped the distributions of species and the patterns of biodiversity. It illustrates general patterns and processes using examples from different groups of plants and animals from diverse habitats and geographic regions. Biogeography, Second Edition, consists of 19 chapters, organized into five sections. The book is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of figures and maps, and contains a glossary and extensive bibliography. Starting from simple facts and principles, and assuming only a rudimentary knowledge of biology, geography, and earth history, the book seeks to explain the relationships between the patterns of plant and animal distributions and the mechanistic processes that have produced them. Throughout, the emphasis is on the interplay between unifying concepts and the evidence that supports or challenges these ideas.

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The new edition of this textbook first published in 1983 has been completely rewritten and reorganized. Intended for courses in biogeogrpahy, zoogeography, and phytogeography, it integrates historical and ecological approaches to offer broad coverage of the discipline of biogeography. Arrangement is in units covering an introduction to the discipline, the environmental and historical setting, historical patterns and processes, contemporary patterns and processes, and conservation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801608247
Publisher:
Mosby, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1983
Pages:
656
Age Range:
18 Years

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