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GEOGRAPHY

Biomes of the Earth

1.
Trevor Day
Taiga

Taiga is a biome of the Northern Hemisphere, between tundra to the north and broad-leaved forest and temperate grassland to the south. Taiga includes dense forest, open forest, and jigsaw puzzles of forests, wetlands, and lakes that can be found in northwestern and northeastern America, northern Europe, Siberia, and East Asia. Examining its geography, geology, climate, and biodiversity, “Taiga” describes this unique ecosystem in a clear, complete manner. Human uses of taiga date back thousands of years to Eurasian hunters and fishers crossing the Bering land bridge into present-day North America.

Today, hunting, logging, and mining are a few of the ways this habitat is used. Threats resulting from this development include overharvesting from hunting and logging, clear-felling, and the spread of agriculture. This volume also examines ways of managing taiga, including the movement to conserve taiga habitats through the creation of reservations and sanctuaries.

2.
Michael Allaby
Tropical Forests

There are many different types of tropical forests – lowland wet forests, seasonal forests, cloud forests, bamboo forests, mangrove forests, and monsoon forests. The biodiversity in these areas is incredibly diverse. “Tropical Forests” examines the wealth of resources found in this biome, introducing the ecosystems of the forests and explaining the importance of forest layers, food chains, and much more. An essential introduction to tropical forests, this book discusses everything about this ecosystem – from geology to animal life to conservation. This volume concludes by examining threats to these environments, including clearing the areas for farmland, logging, slash-and-burn farming, soil erosion, and soil exhaustion. Ways to manage these threats and promote conservation of tropical rainforests are also clearly presented.

3.
Michael Allaby
Deserts

Deserts – viewed as most as an inhospitable wasteland to be avoided. Its appearance is deceiving however, as the desert in fact is an ecosystem where thousands of plants and animals live, survive, and thrive.
The book is covering everything about the desert – its plant life, its wildlife, and its value to the world as a whole (an eye-opening note to the previously ignorant). “Deserts” is a must for any educational shelf dedicated to teaching their readers about the environment or for anyone who’s misunderstanding the purpose of the dry, arid plains of sand.

4.
Michael Allaby
Temperate Forests

Climate plays a major role in the existence of temperate forests. These areas experience seasonal changes and sometimes extreme weather patterns.
“Temperate Forests” explores the environment, life, and future of this type of habitat in a concise, accessible format.
A discussion of the geography and geology of these areas provides an introduction to temperate forest systems, and chapter-by-chapter coverage explains where these forests are found and why they have arisen in these conditions. This volume concludes with a discussion of the management and conservation of these ecosystems and their threats, including acid rain, forest clearance, soil erosion, and climate change.

5.
Trevor Day
Oceans

The oceans are teeming with life of all kinds. Changing sea levels, plate tectonics, chemical cycling, sedimentation, and the atmosphere greatly impact these habitats. The ocean’s currents and sea level are tied closely to weather patterns and in turn to such issues as global warming and El Nino.
“Oceans” provides a complete overview of the ecosystem that exists in these bodies of water. From the coastal wetlands to the deep ocean waters, the geography, geology, chemistry, and physics of oceans are thoroughly examined in this volume.

Today, the impact that human use of ocean resources has on these habitats, including habitat loss and overharvesting, is in constant debate. “Oceans” looks at these possible threats and concludes with a balanced look at the ways to manage the oceans, as well as the future of this ecosystem.

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