Australian Rainforests: Islands of Green in a Land of Fire

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Oktober 2003



A critical evaluation of the ecological hypotheses proposed to explain the distribution of Australian rainforests.


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. What is Australian rainforest? 3. The sclerophyll problem; 4. The edaphic theory I. The control of rainforest by soil phosphorus; 5. The edaphic theory II. Soil types, drainage and fertility; 6. The climate theory I. Water stress; 7. The climate theory II. Light and temperature; 8. The fire theory I. Field evidence; 9. The fire theory II. Fire, nutrient cycling and topography; 10. The fire theory III. Fire frequency, succession and ecological drift; 11. The fire theory IV. Aboriginal landscape-burning; 12. The fire theory V. Aridity and the evolution of flammable forests; 13. Fire management and rainforest conservation; 14. Summary; References.


David Bowman is Professor of Forest Ecology in the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania. He uses a range of tools, including remote sensing and geographic information analysis, stable isotopes, ecophysiological analysis, mathematical modelling, biological survey and molecular analysis to understand how Australian landscapes have evolved in response to climatic change, varying fire regimes, the introduction of large vertebrate herbivores, and the impacts of contemporary and prehistoric management.


Review of the hardback: '... an important book for biogeographers and ecologists, but I suggest that it has also much to offer historians of science.' John Dargavel, Historical Records of Australian Science
EAN: 9780521465687
ISBN: 0521465680
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 360 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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