In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide / Edition 2

In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide / Edition 2

by Ralph Tiner
     
 

In the revised and expanded edition of this classic guide, Ralph W. Tiner introduces readers to the ecology and beauty of the wetlands in eastern North America. Topics include their formation and functions, wetland types, causes of loss and degradation, and recent efforts to protect them. The discussion now includes many examples from the Great Lakes region and… See more details below

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In the revised and expanded edition of this classic guide, Ralph W. Tiner introduces readers to the ecology and beauty of the wetlands in eastern North America. Topics include their formation and functions, wetland types, causes of loss and degradation, and recent efforts to protect them. The discussion now includes many examples from the Great Lakes region and information on best management practices for working in and around wetlands, including vernal pools. A new chapter on classification and assessment further clarifies how the unique characteristics of these important natural resources serve specific functions.

In Search of Swampland also provides a field guide to wetland plants, soils, and animals. It includes detailed descriptions and illustrations-many of which are new to this edition-of more than 300 plants and 200 animals. Clear identification keys, information on how to distinguish typical hydric or "wet" soils from dryland soils, and general procedures for identifying wetlands in the field make this book an indispensable resource for readers with little or no training in wetland science, as well as for the scientist or amateur naturalist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813536811
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2005
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,323,375
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IWetland Primer
Ch. 1Swampland, Marshland, Wetland: Wetland Concept and Definitions3
Ch. 2Water, the Lifeblood of Swampland: Wetland Hydrology14
Ch. 3The Birth and Growth of Swampland: Wetland Formation and Evolution28
Ch. 4Swamp Earth: Hydric Soils40
Ch. 5Swamp Plants: Hydrophytes and Wetland Plant Communities45
Ch. 6Swamp Things: Wetland Wildlife74
Ch. 7Swampland at Work: Wetland Functions and Values84
Ch. 8Swampland Now and Then: Wetland Status, Trends, and Protection96
Pt. IIWetland Identification Guide
Ch. 9Recognizing Wetland Plants117
Ch. 10Interpreting Hydric Soils177
Ch. 11Identifying Wetland Wildlife187
Ch. 12Finding Wetlands and Their Boundaries: Wetland Identification and Delineation229
App. AA Call to Action: SOS - Saving Our Swampland239
App. BWetlands to Explore244
Glossary249
References257
Index261

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