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Terrestrial Vegetation of California,9780520249554

Terrestrial Vegetation of California

Edition: 3rd
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 7/30/2007
Publisher(s): Ingram Pub Services
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This thoroughly revised, entirely rewritten edition of what is the essential reference on California's diverse and ever-changing vegetation now brings readers the most authoritative, state-of-the-art view of California's plant ecosystems available. Integrating decades of research, leading community ecologists and field botanists describe and classify California's vegetation types, identify environmental factors that determine the distribution of vegetation types, analyze the role of disturbance regimes in vegetation dynamics, chronicle change due to human activities, identify conservation issues, describe restoration strategies, and prioritize directions for new research. Several new chapters address statewide issues such as the historic appearance and impact of introduced and invasive plants, the soils of California, and more.

Table of Contents

The history of vegetation classification and mapping in Californiap. 1
Climate, paleoclimate, and paleovegetationp. 43
California soils and examples of ultramafic vegetationp. 71
Nonnative plants of Californiap. 107
Estuarine wetlandsp. 124
Beach and dunep. 155
Northern coastal scrub and coastal prairiep. 180
Sage scrubp. 208
The California Channel Islandsp. 229
Forests of northwestern Californiap. 253
Closed-cone pine and cypress forestsp. 296
Oak woodlands and forestsp. 313
Chaparralp. 339
Valley grasslandp. 367
Vernal poolsp. 394
Riparian vegetation of the Great Valleyp. 425
Montane and subalpine vegetation of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade rangesp. 456
Southern California conifer forestsp. 502
Alpine vegetationp. 539
Transmontane coniferous vegetationp. 574
Sagebrush steppep. 587
Mojave Desert scrub vegetationp. 609
Colorado desert vegetationp. 657
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