Life in the Cold: An Introduction to Winter Ecology / Edition 3

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Peter Marchand believes that winter is unfairly misunderstood, a season associated with "stillness, darkness, and death." Yet as each spring affirms, living things somehow manage to reappear. Since 1987, when the first edition appeared and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the year's 101 Best Sci-Tech Books, Marchand has been treating thousands of readers to a winter world that is very much alive. Now in this enlarged third edition, he offers a brand new chapter adding complete information on three major animal groups: northern cervids (deer, elk, moose, and caribou); semiaquatic mammals (beaver, otter, mink, and muskrat); and gallinaceous birds (grouse and ptarmigan). Experts and novices alike will find Life in the Cold indispensable and enjoyable.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Winter presents unique challenges to living things. Marchand (ecology, Johnson State Coll.), describes the interrelationship of plants and animals in the winter environment. In true scientific fashion, he raises as many questions as he answers. Much is unknown about plants' abilities to withstand freezing temperatures, about plant-animal relationships, and about humans in cold climates. This work provides an academic treatment with just enough anecdotes and illustrations to make it enjoyable for the general reader. Suitable for public and college libraries. Randy Dykhuis, Grace A. Dow Memorial Lib., Midland, Mich.
From the Publisher
"An ideal entry to winter ecology. It provides basic information, in a clear manner, about snowpack, plant and animal mechanisms of winter survival on land and in fresh water, plant–animal interactions in the cold, and human reactions to cold . . . Should be in all undergraduate and public libraries where people encounter snow and ice." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874517859
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: 3rd edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 575,363
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER J. MARCHAND has devoted much of the last 20 years to the research and teaching of winter ecology. Founder of the winter ecology program at the Center for Northern Studies in Wolcott, VT, he teaches winter ecology at The Colorado College. He is also the author of Autumn: A Season of Change.
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Table of Contents

List of Unit Conversion Factors
1 Winter Paths: Options for Overwintering Success 1
2 The Changing Snowpack 11
3 Plants and the Winter Environment 41
4 Animals and the Winter Environment 93
5 Life Under Ice 143
6 Plant-Animal Interactions: Food for Thought 163
7 Winter Profiles: A Season in the Lives of Selected Animals 185
8 Humans in Cold Places 239
App. A Measuring Temperatures of Microhabitats and Small Objects: Thermocouple Thermometry 255
App. B Measuring Insect and Plant Freezing Resistance: Differential Thermal Analysis 258
App. C Measuring Respiratory Oxygen Consumption of Small Invertebrates 261
App. D Measuring Dietary or Habitat Preferences in Winter: The Rank Preference Index 264
Notes 267
Glossary 291
Index 299
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