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From two veteran ecologists comes a new and sweeping exploration of the natural history of Texas in all its biological diversity and geological variation. Few states, if any, can match Texas for its myriad species, past and present, and its many distinctive landscapes, from prairie grasslands and hardwood forests to coastal lagoons and desert mountains.
Beginning with the stories of how biologists and naturalists have over time defined the ecological areas of this very big state, the authors visit each of the eleven regions, including the Texas coast. They describe the dominant flora and fauna of each, explain the defining geologic features, and highlight each region's unique characteristics, such as carnivorous plants in the Piney Woods and returning black bears in the Trans-Pecos.
Throughout, the authors remain especially conscious of the conservation and management issues affecting the natural resources of each region, revealing their deep affection for and knowledge about the state. Bolstered by a glossary, further reading suggestions, a description of state symbols, and an appendix of scientific names, this is an educational and essential volume for all Texans.
- Piney Woods
- Post Oak Savanna
- Blackland Prairies
- Cross Timbers and Prairies
- Rolling Plains
- Edwards Plateau
- High Plains
- South Texas Brushland
- Coastal Prairies
- Texas Gulf Coast
Brian R. Chapman is senior research scientist at the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Sciences at Sam Houston State University. He is the coauthor of Ecology of North America.
Eric G. Bolen is a respected wildlife biologist and has edited or coauthored books on wildlife biology and ecology, including Ecology of North America and Wildlife Ecology and Management.