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Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians
     

Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians

by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert
 

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The Southern Appalachians are home to a breathtakingly diverse array of living things--from delicate orchids to carnivorous pitcher plants, from migrating butterflies to flying squirrels, and from brawny black bears to more species of salamander than anywhere else in the world. Mountain Nature is a lively and engaging account of the ecology of this remarkable

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The Southern Appalachians are home to a breathtakingly diverse array of living things--from delicate orchids to carnivorous pitcher plants, from migrating butterflies to flying squirrels, and from brawny black bears to more species of salamander than anywhere else in the world. Mountain Nature is a lively and engaging account of the ecology of this remarkable region. It explores the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians and the webs of interdependence that connect them.

Within the region's roughly 35 million acres, extending from north Georgia through the Carolinas to northern Virginia, exists a mosaic of habitats, each fostering its own unique natural community. Stories of the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians are intertwined with descriptions of the seasons, giving readers a glimpse into the interlinked rhythms of nature, from daily and yearly cycles to long-term geological changes. Residents and visitors to Great Smoky Mountains or Shenandoah National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or any of the national forests or other natural attractions within the region will welcome this appealing introduction to its ecological wonders.

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From the Publisher
This is a volume that can be read straight through, but it is perhaps best savored section by section as each season unfolds." --Virginia Wildlife

An homage as much as a guide, a model of regional studies and a noteworthy event.--The Read on WNC

A lively and engaging account of the ecology of this remarkable region. . . . Stories of the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians are intertwined with descriptions of the seasons, giving readers a glimpse into the interlinked rhythms of nature, from daily and yearly cycles to long-term geological changes. . . . Residents and visitors . . . within the region will welcome this appealing introduction to its ecological wonders.--Southeastern Naturalist

Fun and engaging. . . . This very accessible work will be of interest to a wide audience of readers, especially those who wish to enhance their enjoyment of the flora and fauna while exploring this major natural area of the US. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807898260
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
764,110
File size:
7 MB

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The Southern Appalachian mountains are teeming with life--the birds and giant trees are obvious enough, but in the soil, the streams and springs, and even the tops of those tall trees, insects, fungi, salamanders, and mosses abound. The mountains would be impressive even if they, like tropical rain forests, were the same from month to month, but here the forms of life present a seasonal pageant as well. Mountain Nature takes a new perspective on this wonderful diversity, following the seasonal path from spring wildflowers to summer green to fall harvest and winter quiet.--Peter S. White, North Carolina Botanical Garden

This book captured my attention immediately with the sleep patterns (or lack thereof) of animals and plants. I remained captivated by all the intricacies of nature and how interdependent we are with all species on this earth. As I look at my orchids, I know now why I have such difficulty growing them. Thanks for this wonderful insight into Mother Nature.--Katherine Skinner, North Carolina Nature Conservancy

Meet the Author

Jennifer Frick-Ruppert is professor of ecology and environmental science at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina.

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