Precious Heritage

Precious Heritage

The Status of Biodiversity in the United States

eBook - 2000
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Oxford University Press
From the lush forests of Appalachia to the frozen tundra of Alaska, from the Midwest's prairies to Hawaii's rainforests, the United States harbors a remarkable array of ecosystems, which in turn sustain an enormous variety of plant and animal life. A celebration of this extraordinary biological wealth, Precious Heritage draws together for the first time a quarter century of information collected by the network of natural heritage programs. This richly illustrated volume not only documents the enormous breadth of U.S. biodiversity, but also considers how our species and ecosystems are faring, what is threatening them, and what is needed to protect the nation's natural inheritance.
From the lush forests of Appalachia to the frozen tundra of Alaska, and from the tallgrass prairies of the Midwest to the subtropical rainforests of Hawaii, the United States harbors a remarkable array of ecosystems. These ecosystems in turn sustain an exceptional variety of plant and animal life. For species such as salamanders and freshwater turtles, the United States ranks as the global center of diversity. Among the nation's other unique biological features are California's coast redwoods, the world's tallest trees, and Nevada's Devils Hole pupfish, which survives in a single ten-by-seventy-foot desert pool, the smallest range of any vertebrate animal.Precious Heritage draws together for the first time a quarter century of information on U.S. biodiversity developed by natural heritage programs from across the country. This richly illustrated volume not only documents those aspects of U.S. biodiversity that are particularly noteworthy, but also considers how our species and ecosystems are faring, what is threatening them, and what is needed to protect the nation's remaining natural inheritance. Above all, Precious Heritage is a celebration of the extraordinary biological diversity of the United States.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, Ă2000
ISBN: 9780198028963
0198028962
0195125193
9780195125191
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 399 pages) : color illustrations, maps (some color)

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