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Encyclopedia of Rainforests

By Diane Jukofsky

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Format: Hardback, 384 pages
Other Information: Illustrations (some col.)
Published In: United States, 30 November 2001
Explore 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 economic 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 known 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 gymnosperms. Entries in the People section cover 100 forest-dwelling indigenous 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.

Table of Contents

Preface An Introduction to Tropical Forests: Understanding a Mysterious Place on the Planet The World's Tropical Forests: Where They Are; How Much is Left; How Fast They Are Vanishing Tropical Forest Wildlife Amphibians Arachnids Birds Fish Insects Mammals Reptiles Tropical Forest Plants in the Kingdom of Green Angiosperms: the Flowering Plants Gymnosperms: Conifers, Cycads, and Ghentophtes Pteridophytes: the Ferns People Forest-Dwelling Indigenous Groups Naturalists, Explorers, Scientists and Activists Saving Tropical Forests Imaginative Experiments and Practical Solutions Mother Nature Wants You! Rainforest Resources Reference Publications Magazines, Newsletters, and Reports Videos Embassies and Government Agencies Conservation Groups and International Organizations Organizations and Government Agencies in the United States and Canada

About the Author

DIANE 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.


.,."a good choice for a general readership that combines discussion of conservation with an encyclopedia-style lookup feature for plants and animals. Because it covers rainforests across the globe, it is helpful for a library that does not have room for all the other books out there. Recommended for junior high or middle school libraries, undergraduate libraries, and public libraries."-E-STREAMS

EAN: 9781573562591
ISBN: 1573562599
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.3 x 2.72 centimetres (1.12 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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