301 pages, Bw plates, illus, figs, tabs, maps
This book examines peatland conservation and rehabilitation, focuses on peatlands as a system and provides an account of the functioning of peatlands and their relationship to palaeoenvironmental records, carbon cycling and conservation issues.
...an ideal introduction to peatlands... (Journal of Soils & Sediments, Vol.2, No.3, 2002) "...a welcome and timely addition..." (Land Degradation and Development, November/December 2002) "...a comprehensive summary of peatland science...it will broaden specialists' and students' knowledge..." (International Journal of Environment Studies, Vol.60, No.2, 2003) "...certainly a book that should be on the shelves of all peatland researchers..." (Environmental Conservation, Vol.30, No.1, 2003) "...This text is a welcome addition to the peatlands bookshelf ... It will also be required reading for anyone embarking on research into Holocence peatlands environments, past or present..." (Journal of Quaternary Science, July 2003) "...a welcome and timely addition to the library...highly recommended..." (Land Degradation and Development, 2002)
Preface and Acknowledgments.PART I: INTRODUCTION. Peat and Peatlands. Peat Landforms and Structure. PART II: PEATLAND PROCESSES. Peatland Hydrology and Ecology. Origins and Peat Initiation. Peat Accumulation. PART III: CHANGES IN PEATLANDS. The Peatland Archive: Palaeoenvironmental Evidence. Autogenic Change. Allogenic Change. Peatland - Environment Feedbacks. PART IV: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. Values, Exploitation and Human Impacts. Conservation Management and Restoration. References.Index.
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