Beech Forests

Beech Forests

by R. Peters

Paperback(Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1997)

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This volume compares the beech forests of eastern Asia, North America and Europe. Beech forests are important in each of these three regions. No other book covers beech on this scale.
The author has personally studied beech forests in each region, and his large body of data is the starting point for comparison. For such a world-wide comparison to be justified, factors that have most strongly influenced the beech forests should be known. First, use and management of beech forests are compared. They have influenced beech forests for millennia and have been very different in each region. Next, in a historical comparison spread and speciation since the early Tertiary are analysed. Today's beech forests cover a wide range of climates and soils; they occur in cool temperate regions as well as on tropical mountains. The final part compares the trees and forests themselves: growth and form of trees, species composition and populations, forest structure and forest dynamics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789048148240
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: Geobotany , #24
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1997
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Use and Management. 3. History: Spread and Speciation. 4. The Environment of Fagus Species: Climate and Soil. 5. Growth and Form: Beech Versus Other Dominant Tree Species. 6. Beech Forests: Woody Species Composition, Populations, Spatial Aspects. 7. Canopy-Dynamics in Beech Forests. 8. Synthesis and Conclusion. References. Index.

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