Originally published in 1981 Historical Plant Geography is an introductory treatment of historical plant geography and stresses the basic theoretical frame of the subject. The book is about neither the study of vegetation nor the concept of the ecosystem, instead focusing on the much older tradition concerned with analysing the geographical distribution of individual species and natural plant groups. Important areas are discussed, such as global plate tectonics and sea-floor spreading, plant maps are introduced and there is a basic treatment of recent advances in plant taxonomy. The book will appeal to students and academics of geography, botany, ecology and environmental sciences.
List of Tables
1 Plants and Area
Part I: Establishing Patterns of Distribution
2. Plant Collecting and Recording: The Taxonomic Basis of Plant Geography
3. Plant Maps
4. Patterns of Distribution
Part II: Interpreting Patterns of Distribution
5. Origins, Boundaries and Disruptions
6. Evidence for Patterns of Distribution from the Past
7. Interpreting Disjunct Distribution Patterns
8. Interpreting Endemic Distribution Patterns
9. Genetics, Plant Geography and the Plant Kingdom
Index of Plant Names
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of ecology and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines ecology from a broad range of disciplines, from examining the economic impact of wildlife trade on ecosystems, to studies of the biodiversity of ecosystems across mountains, forests, wetlands and the arctic. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, botany, geography and sociology. The 17 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into plant ecosystems, philosophy surrounding ecological scarcity, tropical environments and the relationship between ecology and society. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of ecology and the environment and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and ecology, but of philosophy, sociology and economics.