A Magic Web

The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island

Author: N.A

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1935623931

Category: Science

Page: 304

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The tropical forest of Panama's Barro Colorado Island is a luxuriant community of plants and animals, pulsating with life and offering an astonishing view of nature's myriad processes. What does the forest look like? How do the activities of the forest's plants and animals create a community? In A Magic Web, photographer Christian Ziegler and evolutionary biologist Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr., invite readers to enter the marvelous world of Barro Colorado Island. This book is a unique combination of spectacular photography and clear, authoritative text written by an active scientist who has spent half a lifetime trying to understand the tropical forest. Luscious photographs of the forest reveal the wonderful diversity of its inhabitants and show many of the activities that give it its character and lend structure to its community. Drawing on decades of work on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the forest works: how plants and animals compete with but also depend on each other; how the solitary lives of cats contrast with the intricately organized lives of armies of ants; the variety of ways plants struggle for a place in the sun; and how these plants attract animals to pollenate their flowers. Finally, the book shows the importance of tropical forests to the people living near them, why they matter to the world at large, what we can learn from them, and how they differ from temperate-zone forests. Full of stunning full-color photographs accompanied by clear and accessible text, A Magic Web is a must for anyone planning to visit a tropical forest and for all those who wish they could.

Conservation of Tropical Rainforests

A Review of Financial and Strategic Solutions

Author: Brian Joseph McFarland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319632361

Category: Social Science

Page: 680

View: 6118

This book critically engages with how the conservation of tropical rainforests is financed. Beginning with the context of tropical deforestation, alongside an overview of tropical ecology, global environmental policy and finance, the book reviews several conservation financing instruments. These include ecotourism and private reserves, debt-for-nature swaps and government domestic budgetary expenditures for state and national parks. Tropical deforestation and forest degradation are serious global environmental issues, contributing to global climate change, species extinction, and threatening the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. Yet, many leading companies, individuals and governments are making a positive impact on tropical forest conservation to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through the use of conservation finance. Conservation of Tropical Rainforests tells the history of international conservation finance and provides a variety of options for individuals, businesses, and governments to support conservation financing projects.

Central American Biodiversity

Conservation, Ecology, and a Sustainable Future

Author: Falk Huettmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1493922084

Category: Science

Page: 805

View: 7168

This book highlights key results and lessons learnt from two field sites, La Suerte in Costa Rica and Ometepe Nicaragua. It provides long term data on species abundance and distribution. Primates receive specific attention in this book, as they are flagship species and good indicators for the “health” of an ecosystem, but as well a money maker. Many primate species are sensitive to habitat alteration, and are often hunted out first. But they play an important role as seed dispersal agents for the regeneration of the forest. The book then compares results from the two field sites with regional trends, and explores potential solutions such as REDD+. This book strongly calls for new approaches in conservation, it makes the case for looking beyond the pure species biology and classic conservation angle and to take into account the economic and political realities.

The Kingdom of Rarities

Author: Eric Dinerstein

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610911962

Category: Science

Page: 295

View: 3011

Extraordinary and engrossing account with a friendly intimacy, he offers a personal narrative, a travelogue, and a celebration of the natural world, not a polemic. When Dinerstein asks questions about biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, and conservation biology, he is constructive, engaging, and exceptionally well informed. He is also balanced and realistic, daring to ask which species are the most important to protect and why.

Encyclopedia of Islands

Author: Rosemary G. Gillespie,D. A. Clague

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520256492

Category: Nature

Page: 1074

View: 1494

"An exceptionally concise and well-organized compilation of lucid accounts of the historical background and current research into all aspects of island science. Anyone with a serious interest in islands needs this tome close at hand."--Alex McBirney, author of "Volcanology and Igneous Petrology" "Scientific research on islands has greatly expanded our knowledge not only of insular biology, but also of the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape biodiversity throughout the world. This beautifully illustrated volume is a comprehensive compendium of all topics related to islands and the science conducted on them. It will be an invaluable resource not only to ecologists and evolutionary biologists, but also to anthropologists, historians, geologists, conservationists, and anyone else interested in the wonderful diversity of islands and their inhabitants."--Jonathan Losos, author of "Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles" ""Encyclopedia of Islands "is an excellent reference guide. I wish I'd had it onboard my vessel, the "Sorcerer II, " during our circumnavigation."--J. Craig Venter, President, J. Craig Venter Institute, and former Founder and Chair, The Institute for Genomic Research

Forest Ecosystems

Author: David A. Perry,Ram Oren,Stephen C. Hart

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801888409

Category: Nature

Page: 606

View: 5137

This acclaimed textbook is the most comprehensive available in the field of forest ecology. Designed for advanced students of forest science, ecology, and environmental studies, it is also an essential reference for forest ecologists, foresters, and land managers. The authors provide an inclusive survey of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests with an emphasis on ecological concepts across scales that range from global to landscape to microscopic. Situating forests in the context of larger landscapes, they reveal the complex patterns and processes observed in tree-dominated habitats. The updated and expanded second edition covers • Conservation• Ecosystem services • Climate change• Vegetation classification• Disturbance• Species interactions• Self-thinning• Genetics• Soil influences• Productivity• Biogeochemical cycling• Mineralization• Effects of herbivory• Ecosystem stability

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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Un Tejido Magico

El Bosque Tropical de Isla Barro Colorado (Spanish Edition)

Author: N.A

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1935623958

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 5903

Barro Colorado Island is the crown jewel of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and the most thoroughly studied tropical rainforest on Earth. This book reveals the extreme interconnections of life in a tropical forest, with lavishly beautiful full-color photographs. It gives an eyewitness view of the fascinating biodiversity, ecology, and evolution of tropical forests. A Magic Web has particular value for scientists and environmentalists, as it offers a comprehensive review of more than 100 years of biological research of a tropical rainforest. It comprises the most important ecological and evolutionary processes that shape life in a tropical forest and contribute to its incredible diversity. Lastly, this beautiful volume clearly shows why the conservation of tropical forests are vital for Earth’s future. Isla de Barro Colorado es la joya de la corona del Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales, y la selva tropical más estudiado en la Tierra. Este libro revela las interconexiones extremas de la vida en un bosque tropical, con ricamente hermosas fotografías a todo color. Da una vista ocular de la fascinante biodiversidad, la ecología y la evolución de los bosques tropicales. Un Tejido Mágico tiene un valor especial para los científicos y los ecologistas, ya que ofrece una revisión completa de más de 100 años de investigación biológica de la selva tropical. Se compone de los procesos ecológicos y evolutivos más importantes que dan forma a la vida en un bosque tropical y contribuyen a su increíble diversidad. Por último, este hermoso volumen muestra claramente por qué la conservación de los bosques tropicales son vitales para el futuro de la Tierra.

Educational Rankings Annual

Author: Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787669027

Category: Education

Page: 890

View: 3109

This up-to-date resource presents more than 4,000 national, regional, local and international lists and rankings compiled from hundreds of respected sources. Entries typically include a description of the ranking; background information on criteria for establishing the hierarchy; additional remarks about the ranking; the complete or partial (if extensive) ranking; and a complete source citation for locating additional information if necessary.

Un Tijedo Magico

El Bosque Tropical de la Isla de Barro Colorado

Author: N.A

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press

ISBN: 9781935623946

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 9235

Barro Colorado Island is the crown jewel of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and the most thoroughly studied tropical rainforest on Earth. This book reveals the extreme interconnections of life in a tropical forest, with lavishly beautiful full-color photographs. It gives an eyewitness view of the fascinating biodiversity, ecology, and evolution of tropical forests. A Magic Web has particular value for scientists and environmentalists, as it offers a comprehensive review of more than 100 years of biological research of a tropical rainforest. It comprises the most important ecological and evolutionary processes that shape life in a tropical forest and contribute to its incredible diversity. Lastly, this beautiful volume clearly shows why the conservation of tropical forests are vital for Earth's future. Isla de Barro Colorado es la joya de la corona del Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales, y la selva tropical más estudiado en la Tierra. Este libro revela las interconexiones extremas de la vida en un bosque tropical, con ricamente hermosas fotografías a todo color. Da una vista ocular de la fascinante biodiversidad, la ecología y la evolución de los bosques tropicales. Un Tejido Mágico tiene un valor especial para los científicos y los ecologistas, ya que ofrece una revisión completa de más de 100 años de investigación biológica de la selva tropical. Se compone de los procesos ecológicos y evolutivos más importantes que dan forma a la vida en un bosque tropical y contribuyen a su increíble diversidad. Por último, este hermoso volumen muestra claramente por qué la conservación de los bosques tropicales son vitales para el futuro de la Tierra.

Forthcoming Books

Author: R.R. Bowker Company. Department of Bibliography

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Américas

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: America

Page: N.A

View: 7857

La condition tropicale

une histoire naturelle, économique et sociale des basses latitudes

Author: Francis Hallé

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ecology

Page: 573

View: 2976

Dans cet ardent plaidoyer pour les tropiques, Francis Hallé défend une conception des basses latitudes à rebours des analyses actuelles. Ces régions, qui ont à ses yeux une importance bien supérieure à celle qu'habituellement on leur concède, constituent pour la planète tout entière une référence, un berceau, un moteur. Cette position, qui va de soi dans de nombreux domaines - climat, biologie, diversité ethnologique, maladies, techniques agricoles... -, conserve toute sa pertinence en économie : avant d'être colonisées, les populations tropicales ne respectaient-elles pas l'environnement mieux que ne le font aujourd'hui les pays riches, victimes de leur surdéveloppement ? La question ici en jeu, rarement soulevée, est donc d'ordre planétaire : c'est celle de l'inégalité économique entre les tropiques et les latitudes tempérées. Pour tenter d'y répondre, et après avoir dénoncé les contre-vérités des ignobles et tenaces théories racistes, l'auteur s'attache à évaluer les facteurs politiques - esclavage, colonisation, néocolonialisme -, mais ceux-ci, recevables pour les périodes récentes, ne permettent pas d'élucider, dans une vaste perspective historique, l'origine de ces inégalités entre les latitudes. Il avance alors une hypothèse biologique : fondée sur la sensibilité de l'homme aux variations de longueur des jours, celle-ci expliquerait les différences comportementales qui, entre les tropiques et les latitudes tempérées, influencent profondément les structures psychologiques, les progrès scientifiques et les constructions sociales. Face aux dérèglements actuels - changement climatique, montée du niveau des mers, déforestation tropicale, pollution, érosion de la biodiversité, épuisement des ressources, pénurie d'eau potable -, face aux réflexes colonisateurs attisés par la mondialisation et à la survivance du racisme, il est urgent de mettre au coeur du débat cette "condition" de l'homme tropical.

Stadt des Flaneurs

Walter Benjamin

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 3839301300

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 7909

Der Philosoph und Literaturkritiker Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) war ein Kosmopolit und zugleich mit Leib und Seele Berliner. Sein Blick auf Berlin ist der des Flaneurs: Unerkannt in der Masse geht er durch die Straßen und nimmt das Wesen der Stadt in sich auf – beobachtend, durchdringend und mitunter bewundernd. Benjamins Texte entwerfen ein faszinierendes Panorama Berlins um 1900. Mit zahlreichen zeitgenössischen Abbildungen.