Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills [NOOK Book]

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Just east of the Missouri River in Iowa and northeastern Missouri, an angular band of rugged, prairie-topped and woodland-cloaked hills spans the otherwise uneventful skyline. These are the Loess Hills, recognized throughout the United States for their distinctive natural features. With clarity and thoroughness, Fragile Giants gives us a complete natural history of this area, including three auto tours and a comprehensive listing of public-use areas and educational ...
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Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills

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Overview

Just east of the Missouri River in Iowa and northeastern Missouri, an angular band of rugged, prairie-topped and woodland-cloaked hills spans the otherwise uneventful skyline. These are the Loess Hills, recognized throughout the United States for their distinctive natural features. With clarity and thoroughness, Fragile Giants gives us a complete natural history of this area, including three auto tours and a comprehensive listing of public-use areas and educational programs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587291623
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1989
  • Series: Bur Oak Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Ecologist Cornelia Mutel has written or edited several books on Iowa’s natural history, most recently The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa (Iowa, 2008), Iowa’s first comprehensive environmental history, and A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008 (Iowa, 2010). Others include books leading to the rediscovery of western Iowa’s Loess Hills, Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills, (Iowa, 1989) and explaining techniques for restoring Midwestern ecosystems, The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands, 2nd edition (2005). Connie is historian and archivist for IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.
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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


PART I.
Natural History of the Loess Hills

1
INTRODUCTION


2
ANCIENT LANDSCAPES AND COMMUNITIES

Earliest Times: Laying down the Ancient Bedrock


The Ice Age



3
HUMANS COME TO THE HILLS

Human Cultures of the Loess Hills


Natural Changes in Holocene Native Communities, Climate, and Landforms


Effects of Euro-American Settlement on the Natural Landscape



4
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TODAY'S LOESS HILLS

Characteristics of Loess


Shapes of the Loess


Hidden within the Loess


Soils


Climate



5
NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF THE LOESS HILLS TODAY

Prairies


Woodlands


Rare Species and Special Features



6
THE LOESS HILLS OF THE FUTURE

Preservation of Natural Areas


Management of Natural Features


Research Efforts in the Hills


Education and Interpretation



7
EPILOGUE: Taking a Broader View



PART II.
Touring the Loess Hills

8
INTRODUCTION


9
PUBLIC USE AREAS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Iowa


Missouri


Nebraska



10
NORTHERN TOUR: Sioux City Area and North into Plymouth County


11
CENTRAL TOUR: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge to Loess Hills Wildlife Area


12
SOUTHERN TOUR: Southern Loess Hills in Iowa and Missouri and Southeastern Nebraska



FURTHER READING AND OTHER RESOURCES


CHAPTER BIBLIOGRAPHIES


INDEX

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