Rainforest

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More than half of the world's living species--from the hidden forests and exotic mammals of Madagascar to the multicolored birds and butterflies of Central America--are found almost exclusively within the rainforest canopy. Illustrated with 200 spectacular color photographs,
Rainforest celebrates the diversity and beauty of the life in the world's rainforests. Each chapter covers a major rainforest region: Africa, Madagascar, India and ...

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Overview

More than half of the world's living species--from the hidden forests and exotic mammals of Madagascar to the multicolored birds and butterflies of Central America--are found almost exclusively within the rainforest canopy. Illustrated with 200 spectacular color photographs,
Rainforest celebrates the diversity and beauty of the life in the world's rainforests. Each chapter covers a major rainforest region: Africa, Madagascar, India and Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the
Philippines, Central America, the Caribbean, the Amazon (which has more plant and animal species than anywhere else on Earth), and Brazil, as well as the temperate rainforests in areas such as
Tasmania and North America. The book details habitat, plants and animals, and threats to the precarious balance between humans and rainforests. The introduction provides an overview of the world's rainforests and a summary of current conservation issues. Reference material includes a color world map showing the major rainforests, suggested further reading, and useful addresses.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Bottom line: both a lovely book and a substantial one." Infodad.com

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"This is a celebration of the flora and fauna of the world's rainforests." Wildlife
Activist

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"While the text is informative, the photographs vividly depict the beauty of rainforest ecosystems...." Richard Walthers Green@Work Magazine

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Library Journal
Oldfield, global programs director of the wildlife conservation charity Fauna & Flora International, here celebrates the world's rainforests with 200 superb color photographs and a well-crafted text. Her introduction provides definitions, discussion of human involvement with rainforests (including use, abuse, and indigenous occupation), and brief overviews of destruction and conservation efforts in general. In the remaining nine chapters, which make up the majority of the book, she examines rainforests by geographic region (e.g., Africa, Madagascar, India, Indonesia, Central America, the Caribbean, the Amazon, Brazil, and the Temperate Rainforests), discussing the area in general, the human inhabitants and/or uses by humans, the wealth of plant and animal resources, and those most in peril. Included are examples where plants, animals, and humans are highly threatened and happily-though still too rarely-examples of some conservation success stories. A map, a threatened and endangered species list, addresses of organizations, and a brief index are included. This large-format volume is not just for the coffee table owing to its quality organization and quick but engaging text. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262151061
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 12.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Rose is Executive Director of Fauna and Flora International.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Ch. 1 Introduction - Rainforests around the World 10
Ch. 2 Africa - Gorillas in the Mist 28
Ch. 3 Madagascar - A World Apart 44
Ch. 4 India and South East Asia - Forest Treasures of the East 56
Ch. 5 Indonesia and the Philippines - Islands of Glory 80
Ch. 6 Central America - A Rainforest Corridor 100
Ch. 7 The Caribbean - Fragile Fragments 110
Ch. 8 The Amazon - The Place and its People 118
Ch. 9 Brazil - Atlantic Forests 132
Ch. 10 Temperate Rainforests - Cathedrals of the Natural World 140
Original Rainforest Areas of the World 150
Rainforest Species of Concern 152
Useful addresses 154
Further information 155
Glossary 156
Index 157
Acknowledgements 160
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