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Terrestrial Environments

1st Edition

By J.L. Cloudsley-Thompson


264 pages

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Hardback: 9780367353612
pub: 2019-11-06
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Originally published in 1975 Terrestrial Environments covers the zoogeography and ecology of the main terrestrial environments of the world, including fresh water habitats with emphasis on their fauna. The book also explores climate and vegetation in so far as they affect animal life. Finally, the selective influence of the environment on its fauna is discussed and, conversely, the influence of regulation, a synthesis of these interrelations. Morphological adaptations of the animals inhabiting various types of terrestrial environments are considered in relation to locomotion, feeding, and escape from enemies. Physiological adaptations are also mentioned briefly, and the adaptative importunate of diurnal and seasonal rhythms is stressed.

Table of Contents


1. Zoogeography

2. Environmental Factors

3. Tropical Forest

4. Savannah

5. Desert

6. Steppe

7. Temperate Forest

8. Taiga

9. Tundra and Snowlands

10. Mountains

11. Microenvironments

12. Fresh Waters

14. The Selective Influence of the Habitat

15. Ecological Regulations


Appendix I: Classification of World Climates and Vegetation

Appendix II: The Deserts of the World

Index to Authors Cited

General Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ecology

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology