The Phytogeography of Northern Europe: British Isles, Fennoscandia, and Adjacent Areas

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Eilif Dahl, who died in 1993, had one of the most original and creative minds in plant geography. His approach went far beyond the description of distribution patterns and the establishment of correlations between distributions and particular climatic variables. His understanding of physiological mechanisms that influenced and controlled the observed distributional patterns was a key feature of his numerous ideas and hypotheses. He was also aware of the importance of history as an influence on present day plant ...

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Overview

Eilif Dahl, who died in 1993, had one of the most original and creative minds in plant geography. His approach went far beyond the description of distribution patterns and the establishment of correlations between distributions and particular climatic variables. His understanding of physiological mechanisms that influenced and controlled the observed distributional patterns was a key feature of his numerous ideas and hypotheses. He was also aware of the importance of history as an influence on present day plant distribution, especially in arctic plants. In The Phytogeography of Northern Europe Dahl brings to bear his wide range of interests in physics, chemistry, geology, climatology, meteorology and mathematics, as well as plant ecology and plant systematics, to analyze and explain the distribution of individual plant taxa across northwestern Europe. This book will stand as a testament to the ideas and inspiration of a fine scientist.

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"This book is an overview of the life work of Eilif Dahl, one of the most original and creative minds in plant geography...what is contained in the book is fascinating and very enjoyable reading. There are lessons to be learned here that will be useful to plant conservation efforts and the management of natural areas." Natural Areas Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521035590
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface John Birks; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Climate; 3. Edaphic factors; 4. The geological history of the present European flora; 5. The atlantic and oceanic elements; 6. The thermophilic element; 7. The boreal element; 8. The arctic, alpine and montane elements; 9. Endemic, disjunct and centric distribution patterns; 10. Anthropochorous plants; Appendices; References; Index.

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