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The tropical rain forest : an ecological study

Author: Paul W Richards
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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A thoroughly revised and updated edition of one of the most important and influential books ever published on the tropical rain forest.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul W Richards
ISBN: 0521421942 9780521421942 0521420547 9780521420549
OCLC Number: 224033310
Description: xxiii, 575 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Structure and Physiognomy: 2. Structure of primary forest; 3. Regeneration; 4. Trees and shrubs (i) Vegetative features; 5. Trees and shrubs (ii) Reproductive biology; 6. The ground herbs and the dependent synusiae; Part II. The Environment: 7. Climate R. P. D. Walsh; 8. Microclimates and hydrology R. P. D. Walsh; 9. Phenology; 10. Soils of the humid tropics I. C. Baillie; Part III. Floristic Composition of Climax Communities: 11. Composition of primary rain forests (i); 12. Composition of primary rain forests (ii); Part IV. Primary Successions; 13. Primary xeroseres and the recolonization of Krakatau; 14. Hydroseres and freshwater swamp forests; 15. Mangroves and other coastal vegetation; Part V. Tropical Raion Forest Under Limiting Conditions; 16. Rain forest, deciduous forest and savannah; 17. The tropical rain forest at its altitudinal and latitudinal limits; Part VI. Human Impacts and the Tropical Rain Forest; 18. Secondary and deflected successions; 19. Postscript - the future of the tropical rain forest; Appendix 1. Tree recognition in the field and the use of vernacular names; Appendix 2. Application of numerical methods in rain forest P. Grieg-Smith; References; Index of plant names; General index.
Responsibility: P.W. Richards ; with contributions by R.P.D. Walsh, I.C. Baillie, and P. Greig-Smith.

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