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Title Forest structure, function, and dynamics in western Amazonia / edited by Randall W. Myster
Published Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley Blackwell, 2017
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Contents Introduction / Randall W Myster -- A Floristic Assessment of Ecuador's Amazon Tree Flora / Juan E Guevara, Hugo Mogollón, Nigel C A Pitman, Carlos Cerón, Walter A Palacios, David A Neill -- Geographical Context of Western Amazonian Forest Use / Risto Kalliola, Sanna Mäki -- Forest Structure, Fruit Production and Frugivore Communities in Terra firme and Várzea Forests of the Médio Juruá / Joseph E Hawes, Carlos A Peres -- Palm Diversity and Abundance in the Colombian Amazon / Henrik Balslev, Juan-Carlos Copete, Dennis Pedersen, Rodrigo Bernal, Gloria Galeano, Álvaro Duque, Juan Carlos Berrio, Mauricio Sanchéz -- Why Rivers Make the Difference: A Review on the Phytogeography of Forested Floodplains in the Amazon Basin / Florian Wittmann, Ethan Householder -- A Diversity of Biogeographies in an Extreme Amazonian Wetland Habitat / Ethan Householder, John Janovec, Mathias W Tobler, Florian Wittmann -- Forest Composition and Spatial Patterns across a Western Amazonian River Basin: The Influence of Plant-Animal Interactions / Varun Swamy -- Bird Assemblages in the Terra Firme Forest at Yasuní National Park / Andrés Iglesias-Balarezo, Gabriela Toscano-Montero, Tjitte Vries -- Conclusions, Synthesis and Future Directions / Randall W Myster
Summary The Amazon Basin contains the largest and most diverse tropical rainforest in the world. Besides the Andes and the Atlantic Ocean, the rainforest is bounded to the north by the Guiana crystalline shield and to the south by the Brazilian crystalline shield, marked at their edges by cataracts in the rivers and often dominated by grasslands. This book is motivated not just by the Amazon's scientific interest but also by its role in many ecosystem functions critical to life on Earth. These ecosystems are characterized both by their complexity and their interactive, higher-order linkages among both abiotic and biotic components. Within Amazonia, the Western Amazon (west of 65 latitude) is the most pristine and, perhaps, the most complex within the Amazon Basin. This Western Amazon may be broadly divided into non-flooded forests (e.g. terra firme, white sand, palm) and forests flooded with white water (generally referred to as vArzea) and with black water (generally referred to as igapO). Here, for the first time, is a book devoted entirely to Western Amazonia, containing chapters by scientists at the forefront of their own areas of expertise. It should be a valuable resource for all future researchers and scholars who venture into Western Amazonia, as it continues to be one of the most beautiful, mysterious, remote and important ecosystems on Earth
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Biodiversity -- Amazon River Region.
Geography -- Amazon River Region.
Plants -- Amazon River Region.
Rain forest ecology -- Amazon River Region.
Rain forests -- Amazon River Region.
Amazon River Region.
Form Electronic book
Author Myster, Randall W. (Randall Walton), 1955- editor
ISBN 1119090679 (electronic bk.)
1119090687 (electronic bk.)
9781119090670 (electronic bk.)
9781119090687 (electronic bk.)
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