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Tropical Forests of the Guiana Shield

Edited By: D Hammond

528 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #116725 | ISBN: 0851995365
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £90.00 $117/€101 approx

About this book

The Guiana Shield is an ancient geological region located in the northern part of South America, covering an area of 2 million square kilometres. Despite its hostile environment, it is home to many unusual and highly specialized plants and animals, which constitute a rich area of biodiversity. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the ecology, biology and natural history of the forests of the area. Chapters cover geology, climate, hydrology, soils, nutrient cycling, plant-animal interactions, archaeology, colonization and land-use history, plant distributions and life-history attributes, forest dynamics and conservation and management of flora and fauna. The book highlights the connections between the socio-economic, biological and physical attributes of these forests. It challenges conventional wisdoms concerning tropical forest diversity and function, and argues that conservation and sustainable development approaches should be tailored to the region.


Contents

Introduction, D S Hammond Biophysical Features of the Guiana Shield, D S Hammond Ecophysiological Patterns in Guianan Forest Plants, T L Pons, E E Alexander, N C Houter, S A Rose and T Rijkers, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Rainforest Vertebrates and Food Plant Diversity in the Guiana Shield, P-M Forget, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Brunoy, France and D S Hammond Folivorous Insects in the Rain Forests of the Guianas, Y Basset, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama, N D Springate, The Natural History Museum, London, UK and E Charles, University of Guyana, Guyana Flower-visiting Insects in Guianan Forests: Pollinators, Thieves, Lovers and Their Foes, B P E De Dijn, University of Surinam, Surinam Guianan Forest Dynamics: Geomorphographic Control and Tropical Forest Change Across Diverging Landscapes, D S Hammond Socio-economic Aspects of Guiana Shield Forest Use, D S Hammond Forest Conservation and Management in the Guiana Shield, D S Hammond

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