By Samuel Bridgewater
Written for a well-liked viewers and richly illustrated, this booklet provides the 1st targeted portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of Belize, one of many earth's so much biologically profuse places.
Belize's Chiquibul wooded area is likely one of the greatest closing expanses of tropical wet woodland in critical the USA. It varieties a part of what's popularly often called the Maya woodland. Battered by way of hurricanes over thousands of years, occupied by means of the Maya for millions of years, and logged for centuries, this surroundings has tested its awesome ecological resilience via its persisted lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its historical past of disturbance, or perhaps partially as a result of it, the Maya wooded area is ranked as a major neighborhood biodiversity sizzling spot and gives a number of the final nearby habitats for endangered species resembling the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.
A common historical past of Belize provides for the 1st time an in depth portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya wooded area, and Belize extra commonly, in a structure available to a well-liked viewers. it's established partially at the learn findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas study Station within the Chiquibul wooded area. The publication is exclusive in demystifying some of the great clinical debates on the topic of rainforests. those contain "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do wildlife evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" by means of concentrating on the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this e-book illustrates how technological know-how has solved the various riddles that when at a loss for words the likes of Charles Darwin, and in addition indicates the way it may help us in handling our planet and wooded area assets properly within the future.
Published in organization with the common historical past Museum, London.
99 colour images, 6 illustrations, three maps.
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