Download e-book for iPad: Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity by R. Scot Duncan,Edward O. Wilson

By R. Scot Duncan,Edward O. Wilson

Southern Wonder explores Alabama’ s extraordinary organic variety, the explanations for the massive variety of species within the country, and the significance in their preservation.

Alabama ranks 5th within the country in variety of species of crops and animals present in the nation, exceeded simply by means of the a lot greater western states of California,Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. whilst all of the species of birds, bushes, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, wildflowers, dragonflies, tiger beetles, and ants are tallied, Alabama harbors extra species than ninety percentage of the opposite states within the usa. Alabamais rather wealthy in aquatic biodiversity, best the state in species of freshwater fishes, turtles, mussels, crayfish, snails, damselflies, and carnivorous vegetation. The country additionally hosts an excellent variety of endemic species— these now not came upon past its borders— rating 7th within the country with one hundred forty four species. The country’ s 4,533 species, with extra being inventoried and came upon every year, are supported through a minimum of sixty four certain ecological platforms— every one a different mix of soil, water, solar, warmth, and typical disturbance regimes. Habitats contain dry forests, wet forests, swamp forests, sunny prairies, grassy barrens, sizzling glades, rolling dunes, and lavatories full of pitcher vegetation and sundews. The country additionally contains a quarter of subterranean ecosystems which are extra tricky and species wealthy than the other position at the continent.

Although Alabama is teeming with lifestyles, the kingdom’ s prominence as a shelter for crops and animals is poorly preferred. Even between Alabama’ s voters, few outdoors a small circle of biologists, advocates, and different naturalists comprehend the unique caliber of the country’ s typical historical past. R. Scot Duncan rectifies this example in Southern Wonder via delivering a well-written, complete evaluation that most people, coverage makers, and lecturers can comprehend and use. Readers are taken on an exploratory trip of the nation’ s various landscapes— from the Tennessee River Valley to the coastal dunes— and are brought to impressive species, reminiscent of the cave salamander and the seashore mouse. by means of interweaving the disciplines of ecology, evolution, meteorology, and geology into an available complete, Duncan explains truly why Alabama is so biotically wealthy and champions efforts for its cautious preservation.

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