Lichens above Treeline: A Hiker's Guide to Alpine Zone Lichens of the Northeastern United States

Lichens above Treeline: A Hiker's Guide to Alpine Zone Lichens of the Northeastern United States

by Ralph Pope


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This is the first guide to identifying the lichen species that grow in the White Mountains, Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and nearby alpine and rugged coastal environments. Based on extensive field work and research, the book explains the fascinating biology of lichens, which thrive where other plants can’t survive, and provides full-color magnified photographs, a color bar for identification, scientific and common names, descriptive notes and information on growth forms, substrate, reproduction and comparisons to similar species, as well as references, a glossary, and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584654025
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 05/31/2005
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

RALPH POPE is an adjunct professor of Northeastern flora at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H., where he also earned his M.S. in Environmental Studies.

Table of Contents

Lichen Biology
Suggested Reading
Coverage and Methods
Chemical Testing
Alpine Zones of the Northeast
Don't Forget a Magnifier
Master Page Layout
Special Topics (ST): Lichens as Food
Species Descriptions (SD): Bushy Lichens with Flat Stems
ST: Human Uses of Lichens
SD: Bushy Lichens with Round Stems
ST: Lichen Substances
SD: Stalked Lichens
ST: Pollution Monitoring with Lichens
SD: Foliose Lichens
ST: Lichens and Harsh Environments
ST: Lichens and Radioactivity
SD: Descriptions Umbilicate Lichens
ST: Lichens and Wildlife
ST: Crustose Lichen Identification SD: Crustose Lichens
Species Index

What People are Saying About This

Jim Hinds

“At last, a well-illustrated field guide to the alpine lichens of the Northeast, complete enough to cover the species most likely to be noticed, but lightweight enough to justify lugging up the mountain.”

Irwin Brodo

“A beautifully illustrated and practical guide to the alpine lichens . . . Worth the carry for climbers and hikers heading for the hills.”

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