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About this book
The Natural Heritage of Indiana is the first survey of the natural beauty, heritage, and environmental problems of the state. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs by some of the state's best nature photographers, as well as maps, drawings, and diagrams, it also contains essays by 38 of Indiana's leading scholar-teachers and environmental practitioners.
This book explores the Indiana landscape, past and present, the seven defined natural regions of the state, and the current plant and animal life, while pondering how the land has been affected by people and how to protect what remains. "The Natural Heritage of Indiana" is not only a celebration of natural wonders and nature's beauty, it is also a record of misuse and ignorance and a call to arms for those interested in preserving Indiana's environment.
Foreword: A Sense of Place -- L. Keith Caldwell; Perspective: The Indiana That Was -- Marion T. JacksonPart 1. The Indiana LandscapeThe Terrain and Its Origin1. Of Time, Rocks, and Ancient Life: Bedrock Geology --Robert C. Howe; 2. Indiana on Ice: The Late Tertiary and Ice Age History of Indiana Landscapes -- Wilton N. Melhorn; 3. The View from the Window: Physiography -- Henry H. Gray; 4. Cradle of Life: Soils -- Donald P. Franzmeier; 5. Lifeblood of the Land: Water -- John N. Simpson; 6. An Endangered Natural Resource: Wetlands -- Eric Myers; 7. Underground World: Caves -- James H. Keith and Richard L. Powell; 8. Our Changing Climate -- James E. NewmanThe Vegetation and Fauna: History and Development9. Remembrance -- Robert O. Petty; 10. In the Glacier's Wake: Patterns of Vegetation Change Following Glaciation -- Donald R. Whitehead; 11. Origins: The Deciduous Forest -- Robert O. Petty; 12. Walking in Wilderness -- Alton A. Lindsey; 13. Nature's Recovery Act: Nothing Succeeds Like Succession -- Edwin R. Squiers; 14. Aggressive Invaders: Exotic Plants -- Paul E. Rothrock; 15. Indiana Vertebrate Fauna: Origins and Change -- Ronald L. Richards and John O. Whitaker, Jr.Part 2. The Natural Regions of Indiana16. The Natural Regions: An Introduction -- Michael A. HomoyaThe Southern Hill Country17. Limestone Ledges and "Crawfish" Flats: The Bluegrass Natural Region -- Ronald K. Campbell; 18. Sinks, Slopes, and a Stony Disposition: The Highland Rim Natural Region -- Michael A. Homoya and Hank Huffman; 19. Land of the Cliff Dwellers: The Shawnee Hills Natural Region -- Michael A. HomoyaThe Southern Lowlands20. A Taste of the South: The Southern Bottomlands Natural Region -- D. Brian Abrell; 21. Sandhills and Old Glacial Till: The Southwestern Lowlands Natural Region -- Roger L. HedgeThe Central Flatlands22. Where Tallgrasses Waved: The Grand Prairie Natural Region -- Thomas W. Post; 23. Forested Swell and Swale: The Central Till Plain Natural Region -- Roger L. Hedge; 24. The Bed of a Glacial Lake: The Black Swamp Natural Region -- Richard DunbarThe Northern Lakes and Moraines25. Half Land, Half Water: The Northern Lakes Natural Region -- Lee A. Casebere; 26. Dunes, Swales, and Glacial Ridges: The Northwestern Morainal Natural Region -- Thomas W. Post; 27. The Southern Tip of the Big-Sea Waters: The Lake Michigan Natural Region -- Michelle Martin HedgeThe Riverine System28. Waters in Motion: The Big Rivers Natural Region -- Hank HuffmanPart 3. The Biota of IndianaDiversity and Reproduction29. A Diversity of Forms -- Marion T. Jackson; 30. Reproductive Strategies -- Marion T. JacksonThe World of Plants31. A Wealth of Spores: Non-Flowering Plants -- Bill N. McKnight; 32. Wildflowers and Spring -- Robert O. Petty; 33. The Seed Strategy: Higher Plants--An Introduction -- Paul E. Rothrock; 34. The Life and Times of the Tuliptree -- Paul E. Rothrock; 35. The Diversity of Indiana's Flowering Plants -- Michael A. Homoya; 36. What's the Use? -- Marion T. JacksonThe World of Animals37. The Small and the Many: Invertebrates -- P. Sears Crowell, Jr.; 38. An Abundance of Insects -- Gene Kritsky; 39. Beneath the Water's Surface: The Fishes -- James R. Gammon; 40. Creepers, Crawlers, and Hoppers: Amphibians and Reptiles -- Sherman A. Minton, Jr.; 41. Wings across the Sky: Birds of Indiana -- Russell E. Mumford; 42. Our Native Mammals -- Russell E. Mumford; 43. Biogeography: Of Organisms, Habitats and Time -- Russell E. Mumford and Marion T. JacksonPart 4. The Changing Landscape44. Change: The Essence of Nature -- Marion T. Jackson; 45. Prehistoric Peoples of Indiana -- C. Russell Stafford; 46. The Wave of Settlement -- George R. Parker; 47. History of Public Conservation in Indiana -- Louis D. Hasenstab, Sr.; 48. Names on the Land -- Marion T. JacksonPart 5. Protecting What Remains49. Search and Study -- Alton A. Lindsey; 50. Spreading the Word -- Alton A. Lindsey; 51. Protection Beginnings -- Alton A. Lindsey; 52. Inventory and Preservation -- John A. Bacone; 53. Stewards of Nature -- John A. BaconePart 6. Prospectives54. Whence and Whither--A Question of Priorities and Values -- Marion T. Jackson; 55. Connections: The Humans-Landscape Linkage -- Marion T. Jackson; 56. The Indiana of Today: Its Background and Challenge -- Marion T. Jackson; 57. The Future of Natural Indiana: Can We Imagine It? Guide It? -- Marion T. Jackson; 58. Overview -- Alton A. LindseySupplementary Materials -- Marion T. JacksonA. Public Lands in Indiana; B. Dedicated to the State Nature Preserves Indiana; C. Species Extirpated from Indiana; D. Species Endangered in Indiana; E. Species Nomenclature
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512 pages, 10 b/w photos, 64 figs, 458 col photos
&i;"This is an idyllic marriage of rich scholarship and pretty pictures. It takes you from what Indiana was like when prehistoric mound builders were around in southern Indiana to today's farm-land-gobbling interstate cloverleaf."&o;
- David Mannweiler, Indianapolis Star.
&i;"For those interested in Indiana's natural heritage--and those who would preserve it - this is must reading and an indispensable reference."&o;
- Lynn Van Matre, Chicago Tribune.