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- DescriptionExplore the magic and mystery of the world's tropical rainforests in this fascinating volume that brings to life the plants, animals, and people that inhabit this fragile ecosystem. Focusing on the forests situated in the land area between the Tropics of Cancer and the Tropics of Capricorn, the Encyclopedia provides a rich and thorough presentation of the scientific, political, and ecomic significance of the region. An introductory essay vividly describes the world's tropical forests and sets the stage for understanding the mystery and complexity surrounding the rainforest. More than 50 percent of the world's kwn plants and animals live in the rainforests. Parts of the book offer interesting descriptions of forest wildlife including amphibians, birds, fish, insects, spiders, mammals, and reptiles and plants, especially flowering plants, ferns, and gymsperms. Entries in the People section cover 100 forest-dwelling indigeus groups and 54 of the naturalists, scientists, explorers, and activists from around the world who had-or have-an important role in our understanding of rainforests and their conservation. Other parts discuss the principal causes of deforestation, describe efforts to save the tropical forests, and offer extensive lists of rainforest resources, including print and video materials, Web sites, government agencies, conservation groups and international organizations, and organizations and government agencies in the United States and Canada. Maps, charts and graphs, and fifty-four quality color photographs enhance the accessible and easy-to-understand text and help to make this an excellent reference for younger audiences who want to learn about the incredible diversity and complexity of life in tropical forests.
- Author BiographyDIANE JUKOFSKY is the director of the Rainforest Alliance's Conservation Media Center, which is based in San Jose, Costa Rica. She edits a bimonthly, bilingual news bulletin that features articles about conservation initiatives in Mexico and Central America. She also organizes and leads communication skills workshops for conservation groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, and environmental reporting training seminars for journalists in the region. Her articles on tropical conservation and wildlife have appeared in dozens of science, nature, travel, news, and academic publications, and she has authored chapters in two books about tropical conservation.
- Author(s)Diane Jukofsky
- Date of Publication30/11/2001
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content NoteIllustrations (some col.)
- Weight1117 g
- Width223 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine27 mm
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