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

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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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Editorial Reviews

associate professor of wetland ecology, University of Maine - Aram JK Calhoun

Ralph Tiner transforms 'wastelands' into national treasures. His book provides an accessible introduction to wetland ecology and management for students, the public, and wetland scientists.
Library Journal
Tiner, a noted wetlands ecologist, has an evident affection for swamps, marshes, and bogs. In this readable yet comprehensive book, he proves to be an enthusiastic guide to all aspects of the wetland environment. In the first section, he gives a narrative description of wetland formation, function, and value. In addition to in-depth explanations of wetland science, Tiner offers the reader a view of ancillary sciences such as hydrology and archaeology. He concludes here with a chapter on the status of wetlands, reviewing trends in their destruction and protection. In the second half of the book he presents an identification guide with descriptions and line drawings of wetland plants and animals. He also includes a chapter on hydric soils, the swampy and soggy ground underlying all wetlands. Recommended as a good introduction to wetland ecology for academic and larger public libraries.--Randy Dykhuis, Michigan Library Consortium, Lansing
Cornell University

If you want a comprehensive introduction and field guide to wetlands, written by one of America's most broadly knowledgeable wetlands biologists, Tiner's book is it.

— Barbara Bedford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813536811
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,454,349
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Pt. I Wetland Primer
Ch. 1 Swampland, Marshland, Wetland: Wetland Concept and Definitions 3
Ch. 2 Water, the Lifeblood of Swampland: Wetland Hydrology 14
Ch. 3 The Birth and Growth of Swampland: Wetland Formation and Evolution 28
Ch. 4 Swamp Earth: Hydric Soils 40
Ch. 5 Swamp Plants: Hydrophytes and Wetland Plant Communities 45
Ch. 6 Swamp Things: Wetland Wildlife 74
Ch. 7 Swampland at Work: Wetland Functions and Values 84
Ch. 8 Swampland Now and Then: Wetland Status, Trends, and Protection 96
Pt. II Wetland Identification Guide
Ch. 9 Recognizing Wetland Plants 117
Ch. 10 Interpreting Hydric Soils 177
Ch. 11 Identifying Wetland Wildlife 187
Ch. 12 Finding Wetlands and Their Boundaries: Wetland Identification and Delineation 229
App. A A Call to Action: SOS - Saving Our Swampland 239
App. B Wetlands to Explore 244
Glossary 249
References 257
Index 261
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