The Living Earth: Forests and Grasslands, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615303944
  • ISBN-13: 9781615303946
  • DDC: 578.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released May 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Between their verdant canopies and shaded floors, forests contain a multi-tiered ecosystem that supports an abundance of flora and fauna. Together with the grasses and vegetation in the grasslands to which they are frequently adjacent, forests make up 70 percent of the Earth's land area and sustain the majority of its species. With careful detail and beautiful photographs, this volume journeys to the woodland and grassland areas of the planet and examines the distinctive features and wildlife of each as well as techniques in forestry and forest management that have helped these remarkable regions survive.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Forests.
2: Rainforests.
3: The Tropical Rainforest.
4: The Origin of the Tropical Rainforest.
5: Tropical Rainforest Environments.
6: The Biota of Tropical Rainforests.
7: The Monsoon Forest.
8: Life in a Bromeliad Pool.
9: The Cloud Forest.
10: Population and Community Development and Structure of Tropical Rainforests.
11: “Flying” Trees: Aerial Seed Dispersal in the Panamanian Rainforest.
12: Rainforest Regeneration in Panama.
13: Apartments of the Rainforest: Communities in Tree Hollows.
14: Hitching a Ride: Seed Dispersal by Animals in the Panamanian Rainforest.
15: The Biological Productivity of Tropical Rainforests.
16: Eating the Rainforest: Herbivory and How Plants Defend Themselves.
17: The Status of the World's Tropical Forests.
18: The Temperate Forest.
19: The Origin of the Temperate Forest.
20: Temperate Forest Environments.
21: The Deciduous Forest.
22: The Thorn Forest.
23: Population and Community Development and Structure of Temperate Forests.
24: The Biological Productivity of Temperate Forests.
25: The Boreal Forest.
26: The Origin of the Boreal Forest.
27: The Distribution of the Boreal Forest.
28: The Climate of the Boreal Forest.
29: The Coniferous Forest.
30: Boreal Forest Soils.
31: The Biota and Its Adaptations.
32: The Community Structure of Boreal Forests.
33: The Biological Productivity of Boreal Forests.
34: Deforestation.
35: Notable Forests of the World.
36: The Amazon and the Ituri.
37: Other Forests.
38: Forestry.
39: The History of Forestry.
40: The Ancient World.
41: Medieval Europe.
42: Modern Developments.
43: The Development of U.S. Policies.
44: The Classification and Distribution of Forests.
45: Gymnosperms.
46: Angiosperms.
47: The Occurrence and Distribution of Forests.
48: The Purposes and Techniques of Forest Management.
49: Multiple-Use Concept.
50: Sustained Yield.
51: Forest Products.
52: Silviculture.
53: Range and Forage.
54: Recreation and Wildlife.
55: Watershed Management and Erosion Control.
56: Fire Prevention and Control.
57: Forest Fires.
58: Insect and Disease Control.
59: Agroforestry.
60: Urban Forestry.
61: Grasslands.
62: The Origin of Grasslands.
63: Grassland Climates and Soils.
64: Grassland Biota.
65: Grassland Population and Community Development and Structure.
66: The Biological Productivity of Grasslands.
67: Grasses.
68: Prairies.
69: Savannas.
70: The Origin of Savannas.
71: Savanna Climates and Soils.
72: The Biota of Savannas.
73: The Population and Community Development and Structure of Savannas.
74: The Biological Productivity of Savannas.
75: Chaparral.
76: Tundras.
77: The Arctic Tundra.
78: The Alpine Tundra.
79: Notable Grasslands of the World.
80: Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
81: The Llanos.
82: The Nyika Plateau.
83: Oglala National Grassland.
84: Serengeti National Park.
85: Veld.
86: Conclusion.