Everglades: The Ecosystem and Its Restoration

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Nature - 860 pages
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The 31 chapters provide a wealth of previously unpublished information, plus topic syntheses, for a wide range of ecological parameters. These include the physical driving forces that created and continue to shape the Everglades and patterns and processes of its flora and fauna. The book summarizes recent studies of the region's vegetation, alligators, wading birds, and endangered species such as the snail kite and Florida panther. This referee-reviewed volume is the product of collaboration among 58 international authors from 27 institutional affiliations over nearly five years.
The book concludes with a synthesis of system-wide restoration hypotheses, as they apply to the Everglades, that represent the integration and a collective viewpoint from the preceding 30 chapters. Techniques and systems learned here can be applied to ecosystems around the world.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Ecosystems as Products of Spatially and Temporally Varying
9
A Historical Perspective
47
Past Present and Future
85
Changes in Freshwater Inflow from the Everglades to Florida Bay
117
SPATIAL and TEMPORAL CHARACTERISTICS
147
The Climate of South Florida and Its Role in Shaping the
225
A Computer Model to Simulate Natural Everglades Hydrology
249
Vegetation Pattern and Process in the
445
LongTerm Dynamics of an Everglades SmallFish Assemblage
461
Ecology of the American Alligator in a Seasonally Fluctuating
485
A Food Specialist
507
A Comparison of Wading Bird Nesting Colony Dynamics
533
Nutrient Transport by Wading Birds in the Everglades
572
Foraging Habitat of Wading Birds in the Water Conservation
585
Relationships among Wading Bird Foraging Patterns Colony
615

Fire Patterns in the Southern Everglades
291
Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of the Environment
307
Determinants of Community
323
The Biology Distribution and Ecological Consequences
341
Phosphorus Inputs and Vegetation Sensitivity in the Everglades
357
Spatial Variation Environmental
379
Landscape Dimension Composition and Function in a
419
Factors Affecting Reproductive Success of Wading Birds
659
Landscape WhiteTailed Deer and the Distribution of Florida
693
Contexts Synthesis and Departures
709
A Screening of Water Policy Alternatives for Ecological
757
Toward Ecosystem Restoration
769
Index
797
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John Ogden is a tutor at STETS and a Methodist Minister in the Reading and Silchester Circuit.

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