Vietnam: A Natural History

Vietnam: A Natural History

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A country uncommonly rich in plants, animals, and natural habitats, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam shelters a significant portion of the world’s biological diversity, including rare and unique organisms and an unusual mixture of tropical and temperate species. This book is the first comprehensive account of Vietnam’s natural history in English. Illustrated with maps, photographs, and thirty-five original watercolor illustrations, the book offers a complete tour of the country’s plants and animals along with a full discussion of the factors shaping their evolution and distribution.
Separate chapters focus on northern, central, and southern Vietnam, regions that encompass tropics, subtropics, mountains, lowlands, wetland and river regions, delta and coastal areas, and offshore islands. The authors provide detailed descriptions of key natural areas to visit, where a traveler might explore limestone caves or glimpse some of the country’s twenty-seven monkey and ape species and more than 850 bird species. The book also explores the long history of humans in the country, including the impact of the Vietnam-American War on plants and animals, and describes current efforts to conserve Vietnam’s complex, fragile, and widely threatened biodiversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300128215
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Eleanor Jane Sterling is director and Martha Maud Hurley and Le Duc Minh are biodiversity scientists at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History. Joyce A. Powzyk is visiting assistant professor of biology at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xvii
An Introduction to Vietnam     1
Humans and the Environment     23
Biogeography of Vietnam     45
Vietnam's Living Environments     71
The Fauna of Vietnam     97
Northern Vietnam: Termination of the Himalayas     157
Central Vietnam and the Truong Son Range: From Wet Mountains to Dry Forests     211
Southern Vietnam: Ascendancy of the Mekong     261
Threats to Vietnam's Biodiversity     315
Conservation: The Future of Vietnam's Living World     349
Ethnic Groups and Their Distribution in Vietnam     379
Endemic and Restricted-Range Mammals and Birds in Vietnam     381
New Terrestrial Vertebrates Described from Vietnam, 1992-2004     385
New Plant Genera Described from Vietnam, 1992-2004     387
Bibliography     389
Index     407

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