By Samuel Bridgewater
Written for a favored viewers and richly illustrated, this publication offers the 1st targeted portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of Belize, one of many earth's such a lot biologically profuse places.
Belize's Chiquibul woodland is likely one of the biggest final expanses of tropical wet wooded area in significant the United States. It kinds a part of what's popularly referred to as the Maya woodland. Battered via hurricanes over hundreds of thousands of years, occupied through the Maya for millions of years, and logged for centuries, this atmosphere has verified its extraordinary ecological resilience via its persisted life into the twenty-first century. regardless of its heritage of disturbance, or perhaps partly as a result of it, the Maya wooded area is ranked as a massive local biodiversity sizzling spot and gives a number of the final local habitats for endangered species comparable to the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.
A typical 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 layout available to a favored viewers. it's established partially at the examine findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas study Station within the Chiquibul wooded area. The ebook is exclusive in demystifying a number of the huge medical debates with regards to rainforests. those comprise "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do wildlife evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" via targeting the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this booklet illustrates how technological know-how has solved a few of the riddles that when at a loss for words the likes of Charles Darwin, and in addition indicates the way it can help us in coping with our planet and woodland assets properly within the future.
Published in organization with the traditional heritage Museum, London.
99 colour images, 6 illustrations, three maps.
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From the fringing mangroves of the low-lying coastal areas to the elfin woodlands of its highest peaks, Belize has an estimated eighty-five terrestrial ecosystems encompassing many forms of forest, savanna, and swamp vegetation. They harbor an impressive range of plant and animal species, and it is no surprise that ecotourists and researchers from around the world choose Belize as their preferred location for leisure or as a center for scientific study. The great diversity of life found in many subtropical and tropical countries poses fundamental scientific questions that have been puzzling researchers for generations.
For molecular clocks to work, they need to be calibrated, and fossils are used to provide “minimum oldest dates” for specific characters, providing fixed date estimates that can be used to infer evolutionary rates. 39 THE ORIGIN OF THE BELIZE AN FLORA Every hemisphere produces plants of a different species; and it is not by the diversity of climates that we can attempt to explain, why equinoctial Africa has no laurineae, and the New World no heaths. . In the vegetable as well as the animal kingdom, the causes of the distribution of the species are among the mysteries, which natural philosophy cannot reach.
Mesozoic aeon). , Aptian age). The use of the geologic terminology can be confusing. A chart visually representing geologic time is indispensable when considering the earth’s history, and a simplified one is provided on page 23. Traditionally, geological strata have been identified through the unique assemblages of fossils they contain. The existence of similar suites of fossils in rocks from around the world can be used to correlate them to similar geologic periods. Visible changes in fossil sequences allow relative age estimates of rocks.
A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest (Corrie Herring Hooks Series, Book 67) by Samuel Bridgewater