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Vernal Pools: Natural History and Conservation

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Emphasizing forms found in the formerly glacial region of northeastern North America, Colburn offers an overview of the natural history, ecology, and conservation of the small, transient, biologically dynamic pools that appear in low-lying areas particularly in spring, then typically disappear as the seasons progress. A lengthy appendix lists and describes the fauna found in such pools. Of interest to students and stewards of freshwater resources and biological diversity—land owners, naturalists, teachers, ...
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Overview

Emphasizing forms found in the formerly glacial region of northeastern North America, Colburn offers an overview of the natural history, ecology, and conservation of the small, transient, biologically dynamic pools that appear in low-lying areas particularly in spring, then typically disappear as the seasons progress. A lengthy appendix lists and describes the fauna found in such pools. Of interest to students and stewards of freshwater resources and biological diversity—land owners, naturalists, teachers, researchers, conservationists, resource managers, and policymakers. Colburn is an aquatic ecologist on the staff of Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939923915
  • Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 996,077
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Introducing Vernal Pools 1
2 Hydrology 21
3 Vernal Pools in the Landscape: Origins, Landscape Positions, and Habitat Characteristics 33
4 Bacteria, Protists, Algae, and Fungi 53
5 Vegetation 61
6 Life History Strategies of Pool Animals 71
7 Non-Arthropod Invertebrates 83
8 Crustaceans 105
9 Insects 127
10 Water Mites and Miscellaneous Other Arthropods 163
11 Amphibians 171
12 Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals 215
13 Energy Flow, Seasonal Cycles, and Variations in Community Composition 223
14 Protecting Vernal Pools 241
Afterword 279
Glossary 281
Appendix An Annotated List of the Fauna of Vernal Pools and Seasonal Ponds in and near the Glaciated Northeast 293
Bibliography 359
Index 421
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