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Canada's boreal forest

Author: J David Henry
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2002.
Series: Smithsonian natural history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Canada alone, the boreal forest (also called the taiga) covers more than 15 million square miles, fully one-third of the country and 20 percent of the entire North American continent. Terminating to the north with the treeless tundra, this region is inhabited and utilized by indigenous people and is home to unique populations of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. J. David Henry challenges the  Read more...
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Henry, J. David, 1945-
Canada's boreal forest.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)682395250
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J David Henry
ISBN: 1588340570 9781588340573
OCLC Number: 48507738
Description: xvi, 176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Sweep of the Taiga --
2. A Northern Primer --
3. Knobs, Kettles, and Precambrian Corks --
4. Seasons to Burn --
5. The Benefits of Being Burned --
6. A Forest in Search of a Fire --
7. The Taiga in Winter --
8. A Hare's Breath from Death --
9. Muskegs --
Halfway between Land and Water --
10. Northern Lakes, Troubled Waters --
11. The Conservation of the Uncommon Loon --
12. The Land That God Gave Cain --
13. The Nordic Challenge --
14. Places to Visit in Canada's Boreal Forest.
Series Title: Smithsonian natural history series.
Responsibility: J. David Henry.

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In Canada alone, the boreal forest (also called the taiga) covers more that 1.5 million square miles, fully one-third of the country and 20 percent of the entire North American continent. This work  Read more...

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Canada's Boreal Forest should be on the bookshelf of every hiker, canoeist, angler, hunter, or bird-watcher who appreciates the northernmost forest in North America. -- William O. Pruitt, Jr., Read more...

 
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