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Introduction to California chaparral

Author: Ronald D Quinn; Sterling C Keeley
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2006.
Series: California natural history guides, 90.; California natural history guides., Introductory guide.
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The characteristic look of California Chaparral-a soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation gently covering the hills-is known to millions who have seen it as the backdrop in movies and television productions. This complex ecological community of plants and animals is not just a feature of the hills around Hollywood, but is a quintessential part of the entire California landscape. It is a highly resilient community  Read more...
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Quinn, Ronald D.
Introduction to California chaparral.
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2004030027
(OCoLC)57342061
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald D Quinn; Sterling C Keeley
ISBN: 9780520939004 052093900X
OCLC Number: 566121422
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 322 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps.
Contents: 1. The California chaparral --
Fire and chaparral --
Where is chaparral found? --
Chaparral is found with other vegetation types --
Coastal sage scrub is not chaparral --
How organisms are named --
2. Mediterranean climate --
The Pacific high --
Rainfall, always unpredictable --
Winds that carry water or take it away --
Temperature --
Microclimates --
Convergence --
Rain beetles mate only when there is rain --
3. Fire --
The fire cycle --
The fire regime --
Sources of ignition --
Aboriginal burning --
Nineteenth-century fire --
Fire patterns in the twentieth century --
Modern fires --
Natural responses of plants and animals to fire --
4. Plants --
An evergreen, shrubby vegetation --
Common shrubs and shrub families --
The rose family (Roseaceae) --
The buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae) --
The heath family (Ericaceae) --
The oak family (Fagaceae) --
The sumac family (Anacardiaceae) --
Other chaparral shrubs --
Conifers : cypresses, pines, and bigcone Douglas fir --
Common herb and subshrub families --
The waterleaf family (Hydrophyllaceae) --
The poppy family (Papaveraceae) --
The lily family (Liliaceae) --
The legume family (Fabaceae) --
The snapdragon or figwort family (Scrophulariaceae) --
Other chaparral herbs and subshrubs --
Introduced weeds --
5. Animals --
Mammals --
Rodents (Order Rodentia) --
Rabbits and hares (Order Lagomorpha) --
Deer and bighorn sheep (Order Artiodactyla) --
Carnivorous mammals (Order Carnivora) --
Birds --
Perching birds (Order Passeriformes) --
Hawks (Order Falconiformes) --
Owls (Order Strigiformes) --
Reptiles --
Snakes (Order Squamata, Suborder Serpentes) --
Lizards (Order Squamata, Suborder Lacertilia) --
Amphibians --
Insects and arachnids --
Insects (Class Insecta) --
Trap door spiders, ticks, and scorpions (Class Arachnida) --
Other chaparral insects --
6. Living with the chaparral --
Prescribed fire --
Fuel reduction and fuel breaks --
Artificial seeding of burns --
Fire creates its own weather --
Geographic risk --
Floods --
Threats to chaparral --
Options for wise growth --
The value of chaparral --
Glossary.
Series Title: California natural history guides, 90.; California natural history guides., Introductory guide.
Responsibility: Ronald D. Quinn, Sterling C. Keeley ; illustrations by Marianne D. Wallace.
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The characteristic look of California Chaparral-a soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation gently covering the hills-is known to millions who have seen it as the backdrop in movies and television productions. This complex ecological community of plants and animals is not just a feature of the hills around Hollywood, but is a quintessential part of the entire California landscape. It is a highly resilient community adapted to life with recurring fires and droughts. Written for a wide audience, this concise, engaging, and beautifully illustrated book describes an ancient and exquisitely balanced.

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