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Overview

From windswept tundra to humid subtropical everglades, from gracious coniferous forests to austere deserts, North America is blessed with an incredibly diverse array of natural environments, each supporting a unique system of plant and animal life. These systems—also known as biomes—are tightly woven webs of life that have taken millennia to evolve. This lavishly illustrated book introduces readers to this extraordinary array of natural communities and to the subtle interactions of minerals, plants, and animals that take place within them.

Professor Eric Bolen takes a qualitative, intuitive approach to his subject, beginning with an overview of essential ecological terms and concepts, such as competitive exclusion, taxa, niches, and succession. Then, biome by biome, he covers the entirety of Canada and the United States, starting with the tundra of the far north and working his way south and then west to conclude in the deserts and chaparral of southern California. Along the way, he delves into pertinent conservation issues and features fascinating historical vignettes and original documents detailing human impact on various environments—for instance, the role of John Deere's plow in settling grasslands, and the use of fur records from Hudson's Bay Company. Throughout, he enlivens the text with dozens of exquisite photographs and illuminating maps, graphs, charts, and tables.

Ecology of North America is an ideal first text for students interested in natural resources, environmental science, and biology, and it is a useful and attractive addition to the library of anyone interested in understanding and protecting the natural environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471131564
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIC G. BOLEN earned a BS degree in wildlife management, with a forestry minor, from the University of Maine, and MS and PhD degrees from Utah State University. He has served as Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and as editor of the Wildlife Society Bulletin. He is the author of five books, more than 170 scientific papers, and 20 articles in the World Book Encyclopedia.

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Table of Contents

Tundra.

Boreal Forest.

Eastern Deciduous Forest.

Grasslands: Plains and Prairies.

Other Grasslands and Related Areas.

Deserts.

Chaparral and Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands.

Montane Forests.

Temperate Rain Forest.

A Selection of Special Environments.

Appendix.

Glossary.

Index.

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