Download PDF by George Constantz: Ice, Fire, and Nutcrackers: A Rocky Mountain Ecology

By George Constantz

Why do quaking aspens develop in well-liked clumps instead of randomly scattered around the panorama? Why and the way does a rufous hummingbird drop its metabolism to one-hundredth of its general expense? Why do bull elk develop these huge, immense antlers? Using his event as a biologist and ecologist, George Constantz illuminates those outstanding slices of mountain lifestyles in undeniable yet enticing language. no matter if it sketches clash or cooperation, shock or familiarity, each one tale resolves while interpreted throughout the idea of evolution by way of common selection.

 

These provocative money owed of birds, bugs, rodents, predators, bushes, and flora are certain to stir the reader’s interest. Who wouldn’t be intrigued via a rattlesnake’s skill to seek in overall darkness by means of detecting the infrared radiation emitted by way of a mouse? Or how white-tailed ptarmigan thrive of their excessive, treeless alpine environments -- even in the course of the iciness? The narratives, usually introduced domestic with a counterintuitive twist, invite readers to make new connections and expand views of a favourite open air place. 

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