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Vegetation Changes Over Time Is There Freeze Frame?

Series: River Friend Series Volume: 8
By: Sylvia M Haslam(Author), Tina Bone(Author)
48 pages, 80 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, and colour maps
Vegetation Changes Over Time
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  • Vegetation Changes Over Time ISBN: 9781916209664 Paperback Mar 2023 In stock
Price: £9.99
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About this book

This book is a demonstration, for students and naturalists alike, of changes and the sensitivity of river communities to their environment, and indeed of the speed of their response.

Water makes the river what and where it is. All life needs water. People often talk about the earth's life being carbon-based (mostly). True, but even more it is water-based. Most life forms are composed of at least 80% water. In addition, aquatic plants and animals live part or all of their lives within, on, or by the water. Long-term, of course, there must be change with climate change, for example, when most of Britain was covered by ice some 10,000 years ago, the vegetation under that ice was not what is there today.

No vegetation is, therefore, in the exact sense, stable. But what about lesser time periods – 5, 15, 50, 150 years ago? For how long has the vegetation remained stable? Unfortunately, there is a lack of recorded history so this small book will summarize some of what is available, but its main aim is to inform, encourage, and pave the way for new interest.

It is worth noting that the habitat chooses the species. It is easy to think the plant chooses, in reality, the plant's choice is very limited.


Introduction 1
Plants Change 4
Changing Communities 7
River Lark, Temple Bridge, Suffolk 7
(a) Short fringing herbs 9
(b) Ranunculus fluitans (Water crowfoot) 10
(c) Potamogetons (Pondweeds) 12
(d) Sparganium emersum 16
(e) Mixed Vegetation 18
(f) Discussion 18
River Rhee (Barrington and Harston), Cambridgeshire 20
Barrington 23
Harston 24
Tuddenham Mill Stream, Tuddenham, Suffolk 29
River Great Ouse SW of Newport Pagnell 33
The (Aberdeen) River Don, 1969–1991 35
Staying Stable 45
Conclusion 45
Tables 46
List of Stand-alone Titles in the River Friend Series 48
About the Authors 48

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Series: River Friend Series Volume: 8
By: Sylvia M Haslam(Author), Tina Bone(Author)
48 pages, 80 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, and colour maps
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