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Zoogeomorphology: Animals as Geomorphic Agents

By: David R Butler

232 pages, 63 b/w photos, 3 line illus, 3 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2007 | #170531 | ISBN-13: 9780521039321
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Hardback | Jul 1995 | #41312 | ISBN: 0521433436
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About this book

Animals as geomorphic agents have primarily been considered curiosities in the literature of geomorphology. This book re-examines the distinct geomorphic influences of both invertebrates an vertebrates, and demonstrates the importance of animals as landscape sculptors, via burrowing, nesting, geophagy, lithography, etc, with particular emphasis on terrestrial animals, although aquatic animals are also discussed where appropriate.

...Butler has written a book which... is a fine piece of workmanship and will be read by all even remotely interested in zoogeomorphology. It should be an informed stimulant for years to come. Stanley W, Trimble, Earth Surface Processes in Landforms "I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as the author is not only knowledgable in geomorphology, but is also witty and delightfully humourous in his writing...At present, there is no other book on zoogeomorphology. This, coupled with its atractively low price and its undeniable charm, make it a first choice both for geomorphologists and for anyone interested in animals and their ecology." Francisco L. Perez, Geomorphology "...an educating and entertaining treatise...Ecologists interested in ecosystem engineering by species will find Zoogeomorphology a very valuable source of information..." Clive G. Jones, Ecology "...a handy reference for the general phenomena associated with zoogeomorphology...Perhaps its most valuable role will be to stimulate both biologists and geomorphologists to further investigate what are likely to be interesting and important influences of animals on the Earth's surface and near surface environment." O.J. Reichman, Quarterly Review of Biology


Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The geomorphic influences of invertebrates; 3. The geomorphic accomplishments of ectothermic vertebrates; 4. Birds as agents of erosion, transportation and deposition; 5. The geomorphic effects of digging for and caching food; 6. Trampling, wallowing and geophagy by mammals; 7. The geomorphic effects of mammalian burrowing; 8. The geomorphic influence of beavers; 9. Concluding remarks; References; Index.


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