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Taking a functional rather than an ecosystem or a utilitarian approach, Thomas and Packham provide a concise account of the structure of woodlands and forests. Using examples from around the world - from polar treelines to savannahs to tropical rain forests - the authors explain the structure of the soil and the hidden world of the roots; how the main groups of organisms which live within them interact both positively and negatively. There is particular emphasis on woodland and forest processes, especially those involving the flow and cycling of nutrients, as well as the dynamics of wooded areas, considering how and why they have changed through geological time and continue to do so. This clear, non-technical, 2007 text will be of interest to undergraduates, foresters, ecologists and land managers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521542319
ISBN-10: 0521542316
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 28mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Thomas

Peter A. Thomas is Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at Keele University. John R. Packham is Emeritus Professor in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton.