364 pages, 2 col plates, 12 b/w photos, 118 figs, tabs
Focuses on over 15 years of research at the Konza Prairie in North Eastern Kansas and provides a unique perspective on the structural and functional ecology of a grassland ecosystem that once covered most of central North America.
"This well-written, comprehensive review of the pristine tallgrass Konza Prairie in northeastern Kansas not only examines the pattern and control of primary production, organic matter accumulation as well as inorganic mineral input and movement into the soils and ground water, and the spatial and temporal distribution of populations and their disturbance; it also analyzes how feedback mechanisms existing among biotic and abiotic factors ameliorate or exacerbate biotic responses. . . . A valuable resource for students of ecology because it synthesizes many years of research that are being used to develop a baseline of ecosystem dynamics on broad spatial and temporal scales. Undergraduates through professionals."--Choice
"The central theme [of this book] is that prairie is primarily a nonequilibrium system where changes in fire, grazing and climate over the years bring about a switching among limiting factors that alter the diversity, composition and production of the terrestri
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