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Costa Rican ecosystems

Author: Maarten Kappelle
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first book to deal in an integrated manner the full range of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems that occur in Costa Rica, Costa Rican Ecosystems provides an overview of Costa Rica's main ecosystems by compiling information about their physical settings, biogeography, species diversity, and much more. Rather than follow a technical or clinical approach with a hierarchical categorization of ecosystems,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maarten Kappelle
ISBN: 9780226121642 022612164X
OCLC Number: 1026806375
Description: online resource (xxi, 775 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Part I Introduction --
1 Costa Rica's Ecosystems: Setting the Stage / Maarten Kappelle --
Part II The Physical Environment --
2 Climate of Costa Rica / Wilberth Herrera --
3 Geology, Tectonics, and Geomorphology of Costa Rica: A Natural History Approach / Guillermo E. Alvarado, and Guaria Cárdenes --
4 Soils of Costa Rica: An Agroecological Approach --
Alfredo Alvarado, and Rafael Mata --
Part III The Pacific Ocean and Isla del Coco --
5 The Pacific Coastal and Marine Ecosystems / Jorge Cortés --
6 The Gulf of Nicoya Estuarine Ecosystem / José A. Vargas --
7 Isla del Coco: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems / Jorge Cortés --
8 Isla del Coco: Terrestrial Ecosystems / Michel Montoya --
Part IV The Northern Pacific Dry Lowlands --
9 The Northern Pacific Lowland Seasonal Dry Forests of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula / Quírico Jiménez M., Eduardo Carrillo J., and Maarten Kappelle --
10 Biodiversity Conservation History and Future in Costa Rica: The Case of Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) / Daniel H. Janzen, and Winnie Hallwachs --
Part V The Central and Southern Pacific Seasonally Moist Lowlands and Central Valley --
11 The Central Pacific Seasonal Forests of Puntarenas and the Central Valley / Quírico Jiménez M., and Eduardo Carrillo J. --
12 The Southern Pacific Lowland Evergreen Moist Forest of the Osa Region / Lawrence E. Gilbert, Catherine A. Christen, Mariana Altrichter, John T. Longino, Peter M. Sherman, Rob Plowes, Monica B. Swartz, Kirk O. Winemiller5, Jennifer A. Weghorst, Andres Vega, Pamela Phillips8, Christopher Vaughan, and Maarten Kappelle --
Part VI The Moist and Clouded Highlands --
13 The Montane Cloud Forests of the Volcanic Cordilleras / Robert O. Lawton, Marcy F. Lawton, R. Michael Lawton, and James D. Daniels --
14 The Montane Cloud Forests of the Cordillera de Talamanca / Maarten Kappelle --
15 The Páramo Ecosystem of Costa Rica's Highlands / Maarten Kappelle, and Sally P. Horn --
Part VII The Wet Caribbean Lowlands --
16 The Caribbean Lowland Evergreen Moist and Wet Forests / Deedra McClearn, J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora, Enrique Castro, Ronald C. Coleman, Javier F. Espeleta5, Carlos García-Robledo, Alex Gilman, José González, Armond T. Joyce, Erin Kuprewicz8, John T. Longino, Nicole L. Michel, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Andrea Romero, Carlomagno Soto, Orlando Vargas, Amanda Wendt, Steven Whitfield, Robert M. Timm --
Part VIII The Caribbean Sea and Shore --
17 The Caribbean Coastal and Marine Ecosystems / Jorge Cortés --
18 Rivers of Costa Rica / Catherine M. Pringle, Elizabeth P. Anderson, Marcelo Ardón, Rebecca J. Bixby, Scott Connelly, John H. Duff5, Alan P. Jackman, Pia Paaby, Alonso Ramírez8, Gaston E. Small, Marcia N. Snyder, Carissa N. Ganong1 and Frank J. Triska --
19 Lakes of Costa Rica / Sally P. Horn, and Kurt A. Haberyan --
20 Bogs, Marshes, and Swamps of Costa Rica / Jorge A. Jiménez --
Part X Conclusion --
21 Costa Rican Ecosystems: A Brief Summary / Maarten Kappelle
Responsibility: edited by Maarten Kappelle.
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The first book to deal in an integrated manner the full range of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems that occur in Costa Rica, Costa Rican Ecosystems provides an overview of Costa Rica's main ecosystems by compiling information about their physical settings, biogeography, species diversity, and much more. Rather than follow a technical or clinical approach with a hierarchical categorization of ecosystems, Costa Rica's dense ecology is explored in a "journey-wise" sequence that provides familiarity and understanding of the country's full, varied range of intergrading seascapes and landscapes. The book begins with three introductory chapters focusing on Costa Rica's climate, geology, and soils to provide an understanding of the medium in which its ecology has developed, and then proceeds with a presentation of each of the country's ecosystems. These chapters review the research to provide a detailed description of each ecosystem, from its location, extent, and general function, to its characteristic species and the ways in which these species interact. The authors provide a summary of the effects that humans have had on the environment in each case, as well as the history, challenges, and successes of the relevant conservation efforts. This book, a culmination of decades of scientific achievement and experience, provides an intellectual template upon which sustainability can be built for Costa Rica and a model for an ecosystems overview that all nations should aspire to and emulate.

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