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Green Phoenix

Author : William Allen
ISBN : 0195347579
Genre : Science
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Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction--we can bring them back to their former glory. In Green Phoenix, Allen tells the gripping story of a large group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers who set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country. It was an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers; in many places a few strands of forest strung across a charred landscape. Despite the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania moved relentlessly ahead, taking a broad array of political, ecological, and social steps necessary for restoration. They began with 39 square miles and, by 2000, they had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. Today this region is known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a fabulously rich landscape of dry forest, cloud forest, and rain forest that gives life to some 235,000 species of plants and animals. It may be the greatest environmental success of our time, a prime example of how extensive devastation can be halted and reversed. This is an inspiring story, and in recounting it, Allen writes with vivid power. He creates lasting images of pristine beaches and dense forest and captures the heroics and skill of the scientific teams, especially the larger-than-life personality of the maverick ecologist Daniel Janzen. It is a book everyone concerned about the environment will want to own.

Costa Rican Ecosystems

Author : Maarten Kappelle
ISBN : 9780226278933
Genre : Nature
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In 1502, Christopher Columbus named Costa Rica, and while gold and silver never materialized to justify the moniker of rich coast in purely economic terms, scientists and ecotravelers alike have long appreciated its incredible wealth. Wealth in Costa Rica is best measured by its biodiversity--home to a dizzying number of plants and animals, many endemic, it's a country that has long encouraged and welcomed researchers from the world over, and is exemplary in the creation and commitment to indigenous conservation and management programs. Costa Rica is considered to have the best preserved natural resources in Latin America. Approximately nine percent (about 1,000,000 acres) of Costa Rica has been protected in 15 national parks, and a comparable amount of land is protected as wildlife refuges, forest reserves or Indian reservations. This long-awaited synthesis of Costa Rican ecosystems is an authoritative presentation of the paleoecology, biogeography, structure, conservation, and sustainable use of Costa Rica's ecosystems. It systematically covers the entire range of Costa Rica's natural and managed, terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including its island systems (Cocos Islands), the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and shores (coasts, coral reefs, mangrove forests), its lowlands (dry, season and wet forests), its highlands (the northern volcanoes and southern Talamanca's), and its estuaries, rivers, lakes, swamps and bogs.

Guanacaste National Park

Author : Daniel H. Janzen
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173023080987
Genre : Chaparral ecology
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Reshaping Environments

Author : Helena Bender
ISBN : 9781139537148
Genre : Law
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Reshaping Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability in a Complex World draws together a team of specialist authors from disciplines including urban planning, social sciences, engineering and environmental science to examine the diverse influences humans have upon the natural environment. This interdisciplinary approach presents multifaceted responses for complex environmental issues. The book explores current environmental science theories to provide a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge. Drawing on a range of case studies, it develops core analytical skills for application to real-world environmental issues. Reshaping Environments gives environmental science students the tools and insight to comprehend the range of influences society imposes on the natural environment. It is essential reading for those interested in creating a mutually beneficial future for human society and the natural environment.


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ISBN : MINN:31951P00748378P
Genre : National parks and reserves
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Ecological Restoration In A Tropical Context

Author : Jennifer Ewald
ISBN : WISC:89084449974
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ISBN : IND:30000092447535
Genre : Communication in science
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Tropical Zoology

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ISBN : UOM:39015060967257
Genre : Zoology
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The Role Of Disturbed Caribbean Dry Forest Fragments In The Survivial I E Survival Of Native Plant Diversity

Author : Ian Alfred Ramjohn
ISBN : MSU:31293025044185
Genre : Ecological disturbances
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Parentage Kinship And Group Structure In The White Throated Magpie Jay Calocitta Formosa A Cooperative Breeder With Female Helpers

Author : Elena Catherine Berg
ISBN : UCAL:X68575
Genre : Jays
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Examines patterns of offspring sex-ratio biasing in cooperative breeders, magpie-jay kinship and parentage, and ecological factors underlying magpie-jay breeding behavior and group dynamics.

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