Plant Life of the Dolomites, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3642310435
  • ISBN-13: 9783642310430
  • DDC: 581.94538
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 769 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The landscape and vegetation of the Dolomites have characteristics that are very particular. Some 2300 species live here, about a fifth of the flora in Europe as a whole. This book depicts what the plant cover of the Dolomites is composed of, how it was formed, and what future evolution may bring. The data presented is based on the authors' combined botanical research, which consists of thousands of surveys throughout the entire region of the Dolomites.To explain the vegetation, 106 plant communities are described in detailed datasheets. Biological, geological, climatic and physical-chemical parameters are given for each plant community, including a description of the habitat, the indicator species, the floristic composition, distribution, conservation, and alteration risks, as well as a distribution map and a photo of the association. The associations are grouped into habitats, such as the human habitat, natural forests and meadows on the valley floor, the coniferous forest belt, screes, alpine vegetation on granite, porphyry, and volcanic rock, as well as on dolomite and limestones. In closing, the authors make a case for using the scientific information provided in the book for the conservation of the Dolomites, the heritage of all humanity. Additional in-depth analysis will be presented in the supplementary volumes "Plant Life of the Dolomites: Vegetation Tables" and "Plant Life of the Dolomites: Atlas of Flora."

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
1: The Environment of the Dolomites: A General Outline.
2: The Human Habitat.
3: Stable Meadows and Vegetation of Fields and Human Settlements.
4: Natural Forests and Meadows on the Valley Floor and in the Montane Habitat.
5: Forests of Broadleaved Trees and Shrubs at Low Elevations.
6: Arid and Steppe Grasslands.
7: The Subalpine Habitat: The Coniferous Forest Belt.
8: The Alpine Taiga (Coniferous Forests and Heaths with Rhododendrons).
9: Subalpine Broadleaved Shrub Communities.
10: Wet Habitats.
11: Alpine Vegetation on Granite, Porphyry, and Volcanic Rock.
12: Alpine Grasslands with Acidocline Species.
13: The Ascent Toward the Cliffs: The Screes.
14: Plant Life on Dolomitic and Calcareous Scree.
15: Alpine Vegetation on Dolomite and Limestones.
16: Alpine Grasslands on Limestones and Dolomites.
17: Pioneer Patches and Discontinuous Vegetation of Ridges and Peak Habitats.
18: Snowbeds.
19: Rupestrian Habitats.
20: Synthesis, Data Interpretation and Statistical Calculations.
21: Energy Flow and Vegetation.
22: Soil and Vegetation: Bioindicators.
23: Biomass and Biodiversity: The Classical Approach.
24: Vegetation in a Diachronic View.
25: Phytogeographical and Ecological Indicators.
26: The Landscape of the Dolomites.
27: Conclusions.
28: A New Paradigm: The Approach to Complexity.
29: Conclusions.
30: The Dolomites: The Heritage of All Humanity.
The Plant Associations of the Dolomites in the Traditional Phytosociological Classification.
Glossary of Scientific Terms.
Subject Index.
Index of Phytosociological Units.