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Minnesota's natural heritage : an ecological perspective

Author: John R Tester; Mary Keirstead
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A thorough examination of the state's landscape, climate, and weather as well as its diverse ecosystems including deciduous and coniferous forests, tallgrass prairie, wetlands, lakes, and streams and  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John R Tester; Mary Keirstead
ISBN: 0816621330 9780816621330
OCLC Number: 31709547
Description: ix, 332 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
1. The landscape --
Geologic history --
Vegetation and soil development since glaciation --
The present landscape --
2. Climate and weather --
Solar radiation --
Temperature --
Precipitation --
Clouds --
Wind --
3. Principles of ecology --
Environment --
Ecosystem structure and function --
Populations and communities --
Succession --
4. Deciduous forest --
Deciduous forest ecology --
Animals and community interactions --
Present status of the deciduous forest --
5. Northern coniferous forest --
Northern coniferous forest ecology --
Animals and community interactions --
Present status of the northern coniferous forest --
6. Tallgrass prairie --
Prairie-forest border --
Tallgrass prairie ecology--
Animals and community interactions --
Present status of the tallgrass prairie --
7. Wetlands --
Prairie wetlands --
Animals and community interactions in prairie wetlands --
Peatlands --
Animals and community interactions in peatlands --
Other wetlands occurring in Minnesota --
Present status of wetlands. 8. Lakes --
Formation and distribution --
Physical and chemical characteristics --
Lake communities --
Ecosystem function --
Animals and community interactions --
Minnesota's lakes --
Present status of Minnesota's lakes --
9. Streams and rivers --
Origins of streams and rivers --
Physical and chemical characteristics --
Stream communities --
Ecosystem function --
River continuum concept --
Animals and community interactions --
Minnesota's streams and rivers --
Present status of Minnesota's streams and rivers --
10. The future --
Human impacts on Minnesota ecosystems --
Environmental indicators --
A perspective to live with --
Appendices --
A. Counties and major rivers in Minnesota --
B. Trees found in Minnesota --
C. Shrubs found in Minnesota --
D. Common herbs found in Minnesota --
E. Mammals found in Minnesota --
F. Birds breeding in Minnesota --
G. Amphibians and reptiles found in Minnesota --
H. Metric equivalents of English weights and measures --
Literature cited --
Permissions --
Index.
Responsibility: John R. Tester ; Mary Keirstead, developmental editor.

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