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The world of northern evergreens / E.C. Pielou.


"Global warming and human-driven impacts from logging, natural gas drilling, mining of oil sands, and the development of hydropower increasingly threaten North America's northern forests. These forests are far from being a uniform environment; close inspection reveals that the conifers that thrive there - pines, larches, spruces, hemlocks, firs, Douglas-firs, arborvitaes, false-cypresses, junipers, and yews - support a varied and complex ecosystem. In The World of Northern Evergreens, the noted ecologist E. C. Pielou introduces the biology of the northern forests and provides a unique invitation to naturalists, ecologists, foresters, and everyone living in northern North America who wants to learn about this unique and threatened northern world and the species that make it their home.
Through identification keys, descriptions, and life histories of the conifer tree species, the author emphasizes how different these plants are both biologically and evolutionarily from the hardwoods we also call "trees." Following this introduction to the essential conifers, the author's perceptive insights expand to include the interactions of conifers with other plants, fungi, mammals, birds, and amphibians.
The second edition, enriched by new illustrations by the author of woodland features and creatures, updates the text to include new topics including mycorrhizal fungi, soil, woodlice, bats, and invasive insects such as the hemlock woolly adelgid. Emphasis is given to the very real human-driven impacts that threaten the species that live in and depend on the vital and complex forest ecosystem. Pielou provides us with a rich understanding of the northern forests in this work praised for its nontechnical presentation, scientific objectivity, and original illustrations."--pub. desc.

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  • ISBN: 9780801477409 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0801477409 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xii, 155 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: 2nd ed.
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Comstock Pub. Associates/Cornell University Press, c2011.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1. Origin of the Evergreen Forests ; Conifers and the Ice Age ; The Advantages of Being Evergreen ; The Advantages of Long-Lived Leaves ; Enduring the Cold -- 2. Identifying the Conifers ; How Plants (Including Trees) Are Classified ; The Ten Genera ; The Thirty-Two Species ; Conifer Families -- 3. Reproduction of Conifers ; Pollen Cones and Pollen ; Pollination ; A Contrast between Seed Cones and Pollen Cones ; Vegetative Reproduction -- 4. The Life and Growth of a Conifer ; Wood ; Cut Stumps and Whole Trees ; Outside the Cambium ; Leaves ; Roots -- 5. Broadleafs Growing among the Conifers ; Broadleafs in a Harsh Climate ; Poplars ; Birches ; Alders -- 6. Two Kinds of Trees: Conifers and Broadleafs ; The Ancestry of "Trees" ; The Basic Difference between Conifers and Broadleafs ; Gymnosperms Are Woody ; The Speed of Living ; The Architecture of Trees ; Vegetative Reproduction ; The Aroma of Conifers -- 7. Life on the Forest Floor ; The Soil ; Forest Flowers ; The Floor of the Boreal Forest ; Valuable Dead Wood and Debris ; Open Water -- 8. Parasites on the Conifers ; The Value of Rot and Decay ; Decay Fungi ; Rusts ; Dwarf Mistletoe -- 9. Insects and Conifers ; Insects as Feeders ; Beetles ; Caterpillars and Pseudocaterpillars ; Sawflies ; Bugs ; Parasitoids ; Ants and Others -- 10. Some Mammals and Birds of the Forest ; Food and Shelter ; Seldom Seen Mammals ; Squirrels and Their Relatives ; A Rodent and a Lagomorph ; Big Herbivores ; Carnivores ; Big Omnivores ; Birds -- 11. Natural and Unnatural Interference ; Fire ; Forest Succession ; Snow and Wind ; Air Pollution and Acid Rain ; Logging -- 12. The Big Picture ; Forest Regions ; What Controls Which Species Grow Where -- 13. Global Warming and the Forests ; The Physics of Climate Change ; How Will Climate Change Affect the Forests ; Fire and the Forests ; Insects, Lightning, Wind, and Snow (Again) ; The Value (If Any) of Predictions.
Subject: Conifers > North America.
Evergreens > North America.
Forest ecology > North America.

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The World of Northern Evergreens
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The World of Northern Evergreens

SectionSection DescriptionPage Number
Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
1Origin of the Evergreen Forestsp. 1
    Conifers and the Ice Agep. 1
    The Advantages of Being Evergreenp. 3
    The Advantages of Long-Lived heavesp. 4
    Enduring the Coldp. 5
2Identifying the Conifersp. 7
    How Plants (Including Trees) Are Classifiedp. 7
    The Ten Generap. 8
    The Thirty-Two Speciesp. 15
    Conifer Familiesp. 33
3Reproduction of Conifersp. 35
    Pollen Cones and Pollenp. 35
    Pollinationp. 37
    A Contrast between Seed Cones and Pollen Conesp. 39
    Vegetative Reproductionp. 40
4The Life and Growth of a Coniferp. 43
    Woodp. 43
    Cut Stumps and Whole Treesp. 45
    Outside the Cambiump. 50
    Leavesp. 53
    Rootsp. 55
5Broadleafs Growing among the Conifersp. 59
    Broadleafs in a Harsh Climatep. 59
    Poplarsp. 61
    Birchesp. 64
    Aldersp. 65
6Two Kinds of Trees: Conifers and Broadleafsp. 67
    Introductionp. 67
    The Ancestry of "Trees,"p. 67
    The Basic Difference between Conifers and Broadleafsp. 68
    Gymnosperms Are Woodyp. 69
    The Speed of Livingp. 70
    The Architecture of Treesp. 71
    Vegetative Reproductionp. 72
    The Aroma of Conifersp. 72
7Life on the Forest Floorp. 74
    The Soilp. 74
    Forest Flowersp. 75
    The Floor of the Boreal Forestp. 78
    Valuable Dead Wood and Debrisp. 79
    Open Waterp. 81
8Parasites on the Conifersp. 84
    The Value of Rot and Decayp. 84
    Decay Fungip. 84
    Rustsp. 86
    Dwarf Mistletoep. 90
9Insects and Conifersp. 93
    Insects as Feedersp. 93
    Beetlesp. 94
    Caterpillars and Fseudocaterpillarsp. 97
    Sawfliesp. 101
    Bugsp. 101
    Parasitoidsp. 105
    Ants and Othersp. 106
10Some Mammals and Birds of the Forestp. 108
    Food and Shelterp. 108
    Seldom Seen Mammalsp. 108
    Squirrels and Their Relativesp. 111
    A Rodent and a Lagomorphp. 113
    Big Herbivoresp. 115
    Carnivoresp. 117
    Big Omnivoresp. 118
    Birdsp. 119
11Natural and Unnatural Interferencep. 125
    Firep. 125
    Forest Successionp. 129
    Snow and Windp. 130
    Air Pollution and Acid Rainp. 134
    Loggingp. 135
12The Big Picturep. 138
    Introductionp. 138
    Forest Regionsp. 138
    What Controls Which Species Grow Where?p. 141
13Global Warming and the Forestsp. 143
    Introductionp. 143
    The Physics of Climate Changep. 143
    How Will Climate Change Affect the Forests?p. 145
    Fire and the Forestsp. 147
    Insects, Lightning, Wind, and Snow (Again)p. 148
    The Value (If Any) of Predictionsp. 149
Indexp. 153

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