Earth System Responses to Global Change: Contrasts Between North and South America

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Harold A. Mooney, Eduardo R. Fuentes, Barbara I. Kronberg
Academic Press, Oct 6, 1993 - Science - 365 pages
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This book examines the differences and similarities in the earth system components - the ocean, atmosphere, and the land - between western portions of the northern and southern Western Hemispheres, past, present, and projected. The book carefully examines the physical and biological patterns and responses of given biomes, or ecological communities in the two regions. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship of physicial and biotic systems to biogeochemistry and the evolving biota patterns of land margins and surfaces. The text concludes with an assessment of the direct impact on humans on these biomes, giving full consideration to the land-use drivers of global change.


* Integrated view of earth system processes on the west coasts of North and South America
 

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Contents

The Ocean
1
Climate Controls
35
Hydrology and Geomorphology
73
Biogeochemistry
121
Intertidal
147
Plants
195
Animals
267
Managed Systems and Human Impacts
299
Index
353
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Mooney, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA.

Fuentes, Departamento de Ecologia, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

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