Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World

Ecology and Conservation
Author: Dominick A. DellaSala
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1597266760
Category: Nature
Page: 295
View: 3908
Temperate rainforests are biogeographically unique. Compared to their tropical counterparts, temperate rainforests are rarer and are found disproportionately along coastlines. Because most temperate rainforests are marked by the intersection of marine, terrestrial, and freshwater systems, these rich ecotones are among the most productive regions on Earth. Globally, temperate rainforests store vast amounts of carbon, provide habitat for scores of rare and endemic species with ancient affinities, and sustain complex food-web dynamics. In spite of their global significance, however, protection levels for these ecosystems are far too low to sustain temperate rainforests under a rapidly changing global climate and ever expanding human footprint. Therefore, a global synthesis is needed to provide the latest ecological science and call attention to the conservation needs of temperate and boreal rainforests. A concerted effort to internationalize the plight of the world’s temperate and boreal rainforests is underway around the globe; this book offers an essential (and heretofore missing) tool for that effort. DellaSala and his contributors tell a compelling story of the importance of temperate and boreal rainforests that includes some surprises (e.g., South Africa, Iran, Turkey, Japan, Russia). This volume provides a comprehensive reference from which to build a collective vision of their future.

A Manual of Elementary Geology: The Ancient Changes of the Earth and its Inhabitants as Illustrated by Geological Monuments

Author: Sir Charles Lyell
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465573925
Category: Geology
Page: 512
View: 9745
In the preliminary chapters of "The Principles of Geology," in the first and subsequent editions, I have considered the question, how far the changes of the earth's crust in past times confirm or invalidate the popular hypothesis of a gradual improvement in the habitable condition of the planet, accompanied by a contemporaneous development and progression in organic life. It had long been a favourite theory, that in the earlier ages to which we can carry back our geological researches, the earth was shaken by more frequent and terrible earthquakes than now, and that there was no certainty nor stability in the order of the natural world. A few sea-weeds and zoophytes, or plants and animals of the simplest organization, were alone capable of existing in a state of things so unfixed and unstable. But in proportion as the conditions of existence improved, and great convulsions and catastrophes became rarer and more partial, flowering plants were added to the cryptogamic class, and by the introduction of more and more perfect species, a varied and complex flora was at last established. In like manner, in the animal kingdom, the zoophyte, the brachiopod, the cephalopod, the fish, the reptile, the bird, and the warm-blooded quadruped made their entrance into the earth, one after the other, until finally, after the close of the tertiary period, came the quadrumanous mammalia, most nearly resembling man in outward form and internal structure, and followed soon afterwards, if not accompanied at first, by the human race itself. The objections which, in 1830, I urged against this doctrine, in so far as relates to the passage of the earth from a chaotic to a more settled condition, have since been embraced by a large and steadily increasing school of geologists; and in reference to the animate world, it will be seen, on comparing the present state of our knowledge with that which we possessed twenty years ago, how fully I was justified in declaring the insufficiency of the data on which such bold generalizations, respecting progressive development, were based. Speaking of the absence, from the tertiary formations, of fossil Quadrumana, I observed, in 1830, that "we had no right to expect to have detected any remains of tribes which live in trees, until we knew more of those quadrupeds which frequent marshes, rivers, and the borders of lakes, such being usually first met with in a fossil state." I also added, "if we are led to infer, from the presence of crocodiles and turtles in the London clay, and from the cocoa-nuts and spices found in the isle of Sheppey, that at the period when our older tertiary strata were formed, the climate was hot enough for the Quadrumana, we nevertheless could not hope to discover any of their skeletons, until we had made considerable progress in ascertaining what were the contemporary Pachydermata; and not one of these has been discovered as yet in any strata of this epoch in England."

Learn about Rainforests

Author: Jen Green
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781859677599
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
View: 3664
Describes the world's rainforests, their canopies and forest floors, their climate, and the variety of plants and animals which they support, and suggests related projects and activities.

Life in the Boreal Forest

Author: Brenda Z. Guiberson
Publisher: Square Fish
ISBN: 9781250073235
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 40
View: 2475
The great northern forest--the boreal forest--is home to a unique ecosystem of animals and plants. It covers one-third of the earth's total forest area and is home to so many birds that it is known as "North America's bird nursery." The forest is a treasure trove of riches, but it's threatened by increased human development and climate changes. This gorgeous book teaches readers about the boreal forest and reminds them that it's up to us to make sure the beauty and bounty survive.

Our Earth

Author: Anne F. Rockwell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152023836
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 24
View: 2228
A simple introduction to geography which explains such things as how the earth was shaped, how islands are born from volcanoes, and how gushing springs affect rivers.


Author: Rowena Akinyemi
Publisher: Oxford University
ISBN: 9780194228039
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 22
View: 1437
The disappearing rainforests - can they be saved?In the last forty years, half of the world's rainforests have disappeared. Butthese wild and exciting places are important to all life on Earth. This booklooks at the peoples, animals and plants of the rainforests and at the dangersthey face. Is it too late to save them?


Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines
Author: Tony Juniper
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782832491
Category: Nature
Page: N.A
View: 6189
Rainforests are the lungs of our planet - regulators of the earth's temperature and weather. They are also home to 50 per cent of the world's animals and plants - which for centuries have been the source of many of our key medicines. And yet we've all heard of their systematic destruction; the raising of trees to make way for plantations of oil palms or cattle, the disenfranchisement of indigenous peoples, and the corruption that leads to illegal logging and pollution. But this is the full story you've never heard: an in depth, wide-ranging, first-hand narrative that not only looks at the state of the world's tropical rainforests today and the implications arising from their continuing decline, but also at what is being done, and can be done in future, to protect the forests and the 1.6 billion people that depend upon them. It is inspirational, too, in its descriptions of the rainforest's remarkable birds and plants ... and its indigenous people. Rainforest is a personal story, drawing on the author's many years' experience at the frontline of the fight to save the rainforests, explaining the science and history of the campaigns, and what it has felt like to be there, amid the conflicts and dilemmas.

The Magic School Bus in the Rain Forest

Author: Eva Moore,Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780439239608
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
View: 6440
This adventure takes Ms. Frizzle and her class deep into the rainforest. Their quest to find out why the Friz's cocoa tree has stopped growing cocoa beans, and why rainforest trees have become unhealthy.

Tropical Deforestation

Author: Sharon L. Spray,Matthew David Moran
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742534827
Category: Nature
Page: 193
View: 9683
Tropical Deforestation introduces readers to the important concepts for understanding the environmental challenges and consequences of the deforestation. Contributions from scientists and academics in the social sciences and humanities provide readers with an initial 'tool kit' for understanding the concepts central to their disciplinary perspective and the multi-dimensional aspects of deforestation.

Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

A Collection of Approximately 27,000 Quotations Pertaining to Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Nursing, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Probability, Science, Statistics, Technology, Theory, Universe, and Zoology
Author: Carl C. Gaither,Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461411149
Category: Science
Page: 2867
View: 2261
This unprecedented collection of 27,000 quotations is the most comprehensive and carefully researched of its kind, covering all fields of science and mathematics. With this vast compendium you can readily conceptualize and embrace the written images of scientists, laymen, politicians, novelists, playwrights, and poets about humankind's scientific achievements. Approximately 9000 high-quality entries have been added to this new edition to provide a rich selection of quotations for the student, the educator, and the scientist who would like to introduce a presentation with a relevant quotation that provides perspective and historical background on his subject. Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Second Edition, provides the finest reference source of science quotations for all audiences. The new edition adds greater depth to the number of quotations in the various thematic arrangements and also provides new thematic categories.

Encyclopedia of Rainforests

Author: Diane Jukofsky
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781573562591
Category: Nature
Page: 328
View: 8197
Profiles specific animals and plants found in rain forests between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and examines the role of people in the health of the tropical forests.


the ever-changing planet
Author: Donald M. Silver
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780394991955
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 96
View: 3474
An illustrated survey of the earth describing how it was formed, and including information on different types of rock, weather and erosion, the formation of mountains, and plate tectonics.

What is a Biome?

Author: Bobbie Kalman
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780865058750
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 6988
Introduces biomes, showing and describing the main kinds and discussing their location, climate, and plant and animal life, as well as those developed by humans.

The Illustrated Atlas of Wildlife

Author: N.A
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520257856
Category: Nature
Page: 288
View: 9458
Details the ecology and wildlife of the continents, oceans, and poles, and includes up-to-date conservation and preservation data and the human impact on the world's ecosystems.

Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

Author: Leonardo Boff
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 1570751366
Category: Religion
Page: 242
View: 5522
"In his latest work, the noted Latin American theologian Leonardo Boff extends the intuitions of liberation theology, showing how they contribute to answering urgent questions of poverty and ecological degradation. If faith fails to appreciate the ecological paradigm, Boff argues, it only adds to the crisis and begs for reform." "Focusing on the threatened Amazon of his native Brazil, Boff traces the economic and metaphysical ties that bind the fate of the rain forests with the fate of the Indians and poor of the land. He shows how liberation theology must join with ecology in reclaiming the dignity of the earth and our sense of a common community. To illustrate to possibilities, Boff turns to resources in Christian spirituality, ancient and modern, including cosmic Christology and the vision of St. Francis of Assisi."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Diversity and the Tropical Rain Forest

Author: John Terborgh
Publisher: Times Books
ISBN: 9780716750307
Category: Science
Page: 242
View: 4501
Explains the importance of biodiversity and looks at what is being done to save the rain forests


Author: Theresa Greenaway
Publisher: Dk Pub
ISBN: 9780756606947
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 72
View: 618
Presents an illustrated guide to the plants, animals, and insects found in the world's tropical rain forests.

Origin and Evolution of Tropical Rain Forests

Author: Robert J. Morley
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471983262
Category: Nature
Page: 378
View: 6285
Provides the first comprehensive review of the evolution of tropical rain forests on a continent by continent basis, within an up-to-date tectonic, palaeogeographical and palaeoclimatic framework primarily by reference to the record of fossil pollens and spores. Although tropical rain forests form the world's most species-rich ecosystems, their origin and history remain unclear, except on the very short timescale of the last 40,000 years or so. This book looks at their history on a long term geological and global timescale, commencing with the origin of the angiosperms over 100 million years ago which today overwhelmingly dominate the forests. It also establishes the age of the great tropical rain forest blocks and identifies the world s oldest tropical rain forests. Finally, it compares 20th Century tropical rain forest destruction with prehistoric forest clearance in temperate regions, and looks for analogues of the present phase of destruction within the geological record before considering long term implications of total rain forest destruction. The book draws on previously unpublished palynological data generated for petroleum companies during the course of hydrocarbon exploration programmes. It will be of interest to all concerned with tropical rain forests, especially biologists, botanists, ecologists, and students of evolution. It will be invaluable for postgraduates, and advanced undergraduates, as well as stratigraphers, palaeobotainists, palynologists, and petroleum geologists.

U·X·L Encyclopedia of Biomes: Grassland, lake and pond, ocean, rain forest

Author: Marlene Weigel
Publisher: UXL
ISBN: 9780787637347
Category: Biotic communities
Page: 521
View: 5112
Electronic version of U.X.L encyclopedia of biomes. Detroit: U.X.L, 2000. 3 v.

The Religions of India: Handbooks on the History of Religions

Author: Edward Washburn Hopkins
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465546766
Page: N.A
View: 9945