The biology of alpine habitats [electronic resource] / Laszlo Nagy and Georg Grabherr.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Biology of habitats.
Biology of habitats
1 online resource (389 p.)
- Mountain ecology.
- Electronic books.
- This book is unique in providing a global overview of alpine (high mountain) habitats that occur above the natural (cold-limited) tree line, describing the factors that have shaped them over both ecological and evolutionary timescales. The broad geographic coverage helps synthesise common features whilst revealing differences in the world's major alpine systems from the Arctic to the Tropics. The words ""barren"" and ""wasteland"" have often been applied to describe landscapes beyondthe treeline. However, a closer look reveals a large diversity of habitats, assemblages and individual taxa, lar
- Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; 1 Introduction: What is alpine?; 2 High mountains in latitude life zones: a worldwide perspective; 3 Elevation gradients; 4 The alpine environment: energy and climate; 5 Habitat creating factors: landforms, hydrology, and soils; 6 Alpine terrestrial habitats and community types/assemblages; 7 Biogeography, adaptation, and evolution of alpine organisms; 8 Temporal and spatial dynamics; 9 Global change impacts on alpine habitats: climate and nitrogen deposition; 10 Land use and conservation of alpine landscapes, ecosystems, and species; 11 Concluding remarks
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Grabherr, Georg.
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