Lichens / Edition 1

Lichens / Edition 1

by William Purvis
     
 

From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the frozen deserts of Antarctica, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape. Widespread and long-lived, yet vulnerable to environmental disturbance, lichens are useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Illustrated with more than 150 color photographs,

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From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the frozen deserts of Antarctica, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape. Widespread and long-lived, yet vulnerable to environmental disturbance, lichens are useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Illustrated with more than 150 color photographs, Lichens reveals the varied and intriguing world of organisms that have been used in natural remedies and are becoming key indicators of the earth's environmental health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560988793
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Natural World Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Editors' Preface
Author's Foreword
1Our Lichen Heritage
2What is a Lichen?
3Creatures That Need Lichens
4Lichens and Air Pollution
5Trees, Woods and People
6Acid Rock
7Heaths and Moors
8Chalk and Limestone
9Village, Church and Farmland
10Work, Wealth and Wheels
11Discovering the Montane Lichen Flora
12Rivers and Lakes
13Coastal Habitats
Appendices
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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