The Living Tundra

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CUP Archive, Apr 29, 1988 - Science - 228 pages
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This wide-ranging account of the life of the tundra provides a fascinating insight into the ways in which animals, plants and climate interact in an inhospitable environment. Although the tundra is not rich in species compared with habitats in the tropics or even in temperate regions, it is an area of great interest to ecologists, botanists and zoologists alike, as an excellent example of nature contending with extreme environmental stress. As a biogeographer and ecologist the author has used his firsthand experience of the Eurasian Sub-Arctic to present an overview of life on the tundra of the Soviet Northlands that has become a classic of ecological literature. The tradition of interdisciplinary studies is very strong among Soviet tundra scientists. This important book is a valuable guide to the life of the tundra and will interest all those interested in the conservation of its flora and fauna.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Temperature and humidity in the tundra
9
The diversity of tundra landscapes
18
Snow and its role in the life of the tundra
52
Adaptation of living organisms to conditions in
68
Distribution of animals and plants
101
Interrelationships between organisms
119
Man and the tundra
183
Bibliography
197
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