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The Living Tundra

Series: Studies in Polar Research

By: Yu I Chernov(Author), D Löve(Translated by)

213 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 1988 | #3150 | ISBN: 0521357543
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Hardback | Feb 1985 | #387 | ISBN: 0521253934
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About this book

This wide-ranging account of the life of the tundra provides a fascinating insight into the ways in which animals, plants and climate interact in an inhospitable environment. Although the tundra is not rich in species compared with habitats in the tropics or even in temperate regions, it is an area of great interest to ecologists, botanists and zoologists alike, as an excellent example of nature contending with extreme environmental stress. As a biogeographer and ecologist the author has used his firsthand experience of the Eurasian Sub-Arctic to present an overview of life on the tundra of the Soviet Northlands that has become a classic of ecological literature. The tradition of interdisciplinary studies is very strong among Soviet tundra scientists. This important book is a valuable guide to the life of the tundra and will interest all those interested in the conservation of its flora and fauna.


1. Introduction
2. What is the tundra?
3. Temperature and humidity in the tundra
4. The diversity of tundra landscapes
5. Snow and its role in the life of the tundra
6. Adaptation of living organisms to conditions in the tundra zone
7. Distribution of animals and plants
8. Interrelationships between organisms
9. Man and the tundra

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