The Karoo: Ecological Patterns and Processes (Hardback)
  • The Karoo: Ecological Patterns and Processes (Hardback)

The Karoo: Ecological Patterns and Processes (Hardback)

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Hardback 398 Pages / Published: 24/06/1999
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The succulent and Nama-karoo form part of the arid south-western zone of Africa, a vast region of rugged landscapes and low treeless vegetation. Studies of this unique biome have yielded fascinating insights into the ecology of its flora and fauna. This book, originally published in 1999, is the first to synthesise these studies, presenting information on biogeographic patterns and life processes, form and function of animals and plants, foraging ecology, landscape-level dynamics and anthropogenic influences. Detailed analyses of the factors distinguishing the biota of the Karoo from that of other temperate deserts are given and generalisations about semi-arid ecosystems challenged. The ideas expounded, the ecological principles reviewed, and the results presented are relevant to all those working in the extensive arid and semi-arid regions of the world.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521554503
Number of pages: 398
Weight: 1035 g
Dimensions: 254 x 193 x 24 mm

Review of the hardback: ' ... a fine synthesis that will be a lasting work of reference.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Review of the hardback: 'This book provides insight ... I loved it. I loved it for the depth of information and the logical presentation, for the beauty of the academic language and the pictures it created in my mind.' Winescape
" should be of interest to anyone concerned with ecological processes in arid environments, particularly those with an interest in their impact on humans." The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Although this book is intended for researchers, scholars and managers in southern Africa, it should prove thought-provoking and stimulating for anyone involved in the study, conservation, management or restoration of arid and semi-arid lands" EcoScience

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