Konza Prairie is the extraordinary and often lyrical story of this tallgrass ecosystem. Biologist O.J. Reichman, a compelling writer, vividly portrays this often poorly understood environment as a living laboratory where organisms--from monarch butterflies to the striking big bluestem grass itself--interact with the physical world of the prairie.
In separate chapters, Reichman provides an absorbing natural-history introduction to such topics as the tallgrass ecosystem; the dynamic geological processes which created the seemingly placid prairie; and the many inhabitants of the prairie, from plants and insects to birds, reptiles, and mammals. Interspersed with this central text are informative sections (set off by italics) about the processes taking place, among them Evolution, the role of photosynthesis; fire; patterns of weather; and competition among organisms. Finally, Reichman describes what is being done to preserve the prairie and provides an extensive listing of the common and scientific names of organisms mentioned in the text.
Beautifully written and illustrated with color photographs, line drawings, and maps, Konza Prairie is an excellent introduction to a little-known ecosystem--and is superb national history.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
"Through fascinating descriptions the prairie comes alive. At the same time the harshness, subtlety, and beauty are all conveyed in the text and line drawings"--Environment
"The best thing about this book is that it makes ecology so readable. . . . Reichman describes patterns and rhythms that will convince you that the prairie is indeed a living, breathing organism."--Missouri Prairie Journal
"This clear, well-written portrait gives the general reader a greater appreciation of the history, dynamics, complexity, and beauty of the prairie. The book is not just about Konza Prairie but also about grassland ecology in a broad sense."--Prairie Naturalist
"One of the most fascinating ecology books I have ever read, lavishly illustrated and written with brilliant detail."--David F. Costello, author of The Prairie World
"A beautifully designed book, uniquely organized and sensitively written, that not only tells the reader what the biota of the tallgrass prairie is, but how and why it has evolved and how it 'works' as an ecological system."--Robert S. Hoffmann, Assistant Secretary for Research, Smithsonian Institution
"Admirable. . . . general readers will be intrigued by the mystique of the prairie [and] will enjoy finding out about this all-but-vanished habitat."--William J. Platt, research biologist, Tall Timbers Research Station
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