By Samuel Bridgewater
Written for a favored viewers and richly illustrated, this e-book offers the 1st particular portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of Belize, one of many earth's such a lot biologically profuse places.
Belize's Chiquibul woodland is likely one of the greatest final expanses of tropical wet woodland in primary the United States. It kinds a part of what's popularly often called the Maya wooded area. Battered via hurricanes over thousands of years, occupied by means of the Maya for millions of years, and logged for centuries, this surroundings has confirmed its striking ecological resilience via its persisted life into the twenty-first century. regardless of its background of disturbance, or even partially due to it, the Maya woodland is ranked as a huge local biodiversity sizzling spot and offers the various final nearby habitats for endangered species corresponding to the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.
A normal historical past of Belize offers for the 1st time a close portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya woodland, and Belize extra generally, in a structure obtainable to a well-liked viewers. it really is dependent partly at the learn findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas study Station within the Chiquibul wooded area. The booklet is exclusive in demystifying some of the titanic medical debates relating to rainforests. those comprise "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do natural world evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" by way of targeting the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this ebook illustrates how technological know-how has solved a number of the riddles that after confused the likes of Charles Darwin, and likewise indicates the way it may also help us in coping with our planet and wooded area assets properly within the future.
Published in organization with the typical background Museum, London.
99 colour images, 6 illustrations, three maps.
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As a rule of thumb, rocks that lie above others are generally younger, but tectonic movement and folding can quite literally turn the world on its head. In addition, although we take our bearings from what we see around us now, many of these features would not have been around at the time the rocks being investigated were formed. 23 The geology and climate of an area define the type of soil found, and the soils of the Chiquibul are discussed in chapter 2 (see “The Soil of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve”).
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A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest (Corrie Herring Hooks Series, Book 67) by Samuel Bridgewater