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The Tropical Rain Forest

A First Encounter

  • Authors
  • Marius Jacobs
  • Remke Kruk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 1-13
  3. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 14-41
  4. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 42-51
  5. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 52-59
  6. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 60-65
  7. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 66-76
  8. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 77-88
  9. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 89-99
  10. R. A. A. Oldeman
    Pages 100-124
  11. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 125-131
  12. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 132-137
  13. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 138-152
  14. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 153-165
  15. Marius Jacobs
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  16. Marius Jacobs
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  17. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 197-211
  18. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 212-236
  19. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 237-249
  20. Marius Jacobs
    Pages 250-272
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 273-295

About this book

Introduction

In recent years, tropical forests have received more attention and have been the subject of greater environmental concern than any other kind of vegetation. There is an increasing public awareness of the importance of these forests, not only as a diminishing source of countless products used by mankind, nor for their effects on soil stabilization and climate, but as unrivalled sources of what today we call biodiversity. Threats to the continued existence of the forests represent threats to tens of thousands of species of organisms, both plants and animals. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that there have been no major scientific accounts published in recent years since the classic handbook by Paul W. Richards, The Tropical Rain Forest in 1952. Some excellent popular accounts of tropical rain forests have been published including Paul Richard's The Life of the Jungle, and Catherine Caulfield's In the Rainforest and Jungles, edited by Edward Ayensu. There have been numerous, often conflicting, assessments of the rate of conversion of tropical forests to other uses and explanations of the underlying causes, and in 1978 UNESCO/UNEPI FAO published a massive report, The Tropical Rain Forest, which, although full of useful information, is highly selective and does not fully survey the enormous diversity of the forests.

Keywords

ecology evolution forest plants rain forest regeneration soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Remke Kruk
    • 1
  1. 1.LeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-72793-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-17996-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72793-1
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