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Primary Succession and Ecosystem Rehabilitation (Paperback)
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Primary Succession and Ecosystem Rehabilitation (Paperback)

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Paperback 456 Pages / Published: 13/02/2003
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Natural disturbances such as lava flows, landslides and glacial moraines, and human-damaged sites such as pavement, road edges and mine wastes often leave little or no soil or biological legacy. This 2003 book provided the first comprehensive summary of how plant, animal and microbial communities develop under the harsh conditions following such dramatic disturbances. The authors examine the basic principles that determine ecosystem development and apply the general rules to the urgent practical need for promoting the reclamation of damaged lands. Written for ecologists concerned with disturbance, landscape dynamics, restoration, life histories, invasions, modeling, soil formation and community or population dynamics, this book will also serve as an authoritative text for graduate students and a valuable reference for professionals involved in land management.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521529549
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 769 g
Dimensions: 229 x 154 x 24 mm

'Walker and del Moral have done a superb job of summarizing current understanding of succession ...' Bioscience
'The wide coverage ... will ensure it a place in undergraduate reading lists as well as on the shelves of more advanced students, environmental consultants and researchers.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
'The book is nicely produced, well written, interesting and informative.' Journal of Biogeography
'With respect to the background of both the authors, terrestrial ecologists highly respected within their thematical spheres, this book represents a reliable and extremely useful handbook for the majority of ecologists of these days. It surpasses the sphere of science and is useful to practically oriented groups of a wide background ...'. Journal Folia Geobotanica
' ... a comprehensive and facinating overview on theories and impications of primary succession and community of development. The book is an inspiration for disturbance, vegetation and landscape ecologists as well as thoseinvolved in restoration and ecosystem management. This book can read like a profound review, summarizing current knowledge from the pioneer works to very recent findings and including short summaries at the end of most chapters.' Phytocoenlogica
"...this book serves a wide range of audiences and represents a landmark publication in its field. It provides students and researchers with a much needed comprehensive synthesis of patterns and processes of primary succession; it provides land managers with knowledge of mechanisms of primary succession that can potentially improve the success of rehabilitation schemes; and, it provides ecologists with research directions and challenges for the future, and in doing so draws attention to some critical gaps in ecological research." Ecoscience
" important book that sets the stage for new research on successional dynamics as it relates to rehabilitation of terrestrial ecosystems. The book will serve as a valuable reference for land managers as they apply concepts of succession to science-based rehabilitation." Ecology
"This book should be welcomed into the growing library of disturbance and restoration publications." Plant Science Bulletin
"...this books provides excellent advice and guidance in our endeavor to restore the ecological integrity of Lehigh Gap and the surrounding lands. This is highly recommended reading for land managers and bureaucrats involved with restoration work, as well as for researchers and students." Wildlife Activist

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