Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes

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Yale University Press, Aug 1, 1996 - Science - 348 pages
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The Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the intermountain basins in Wyoming and adjacent states contain a rich diversity of plant and animal life that has long captured the interest of outdoor enthusiasts, scientists, and natural resource managers. This book by an eminent ecologist presents in word and photograph the ecology of this beautiful area. Dennis H. Knight begins by introducing the diverse environments in the region and their geologic history. He then discusses the landscapes along streams and rivers, the lowland plains and basins, the foothills and mountains, and three regions of special interest - Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains. He concludes by explaining land use constraints and opportunities in the region. Throughout the book, Knight considers plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, geologic influences, nutrient cycling, land management, and disturbances such as fires and insect epidemics. More than 150 photographs, maps, and line drawings illustrate ecological processes and landscape patterns. A remarkable synthesis of information on land management, ecosystem science, and plant and animal adaptation, the book will be of interest to naturalists as well as to ecologists and professional land managers.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Landscape History
10
Modern Environments
23
Riparian Landscapes
43
Grasslands
67
Sagebrush Steppe
90
Desert Shrublands and Playas
108
Sand Dunes Badlands Mud Volcanoes
120
The Yellowstone Plateau
215
Jackson Hole and the Tetons
233
The Black Hills Bear Lodge Mountains
242
Using Wyoming Landscapes
257
Epilogue
265
Latin Names for Birds
273
Glossary
283
References
291

Escarpments and the Foothill
133
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Page 310 - HD, 1972, Development and affinities of Tertiary floras in the Rocky Mountains, in A. Graham, ed., Floristics and Paleofloristics of Asia and Eastern North America: Elsevier Publ.

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