Ecoregion-Based Design for Sustainability by Robert G. Bailey

By Robert G. Bailey

Robert Bailey is a longtime authority on ecosystems, and his earlier works, atmosphere Geography and Ecoregions have bought good; totally illustrated with colour diagrams and maps; incorporates a word list to outline phrases that may be unexpected to execs operating during this cross-disciplinary box; presents a source advisor and a assets and suggested studying part to assist readers who require more information; provides a transformed method of land administration and conservation in a non-technical and fascinating demeanour

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A lively exchange of materials occurs among the component ecosystems of a mountain range: Water and products of erosion move down the mountains; updrafts carry them upward; animals can move from one ecosystem to the next, and seeds are easily scattered by the wind or distributed by birds. Ecoregions Versus Other Land Divisions In contrast to other categories of land division, such as physiographic regions or biotic areas (also called biotic provinces and bioregions), an ecoregion is based on both living and abiotic features.

An inventory of the pieces or components of an ecosystem provides an inventory of its anatomy; it does not necessarily provide an understanding of how the parts fit together (its struc- The Gap 19 ture or geometry) and function. As Rowe (1980, p. ” In the next chapter, we consider the relationships of these components as the basis for an integrated approach to classifying land as ecosystems. This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 2 Nature’s Geometry A s we said earlier, ecosystems exist in different scales nested within each other (Fig.

Flowing out of the adjacent mountains and across the dry plains are widely spaced exotic rivers that derive their discharge from the mountains where water surplus exists. They are lined by riparian forests. The riparian forest hugs the river and is bordered by steppe grasslands beginning at the edge of the floodplain. The forests that line these rivers usually flood in spring when meltwater brings the river to crest. The floods are followed by 28 2. Nature’s Geometry summer drought, when evaporation tends to exceed precipitation, and the water level drops.

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