Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates

California, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin

Author: Peter R. Dallman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520208094

Category: Nature

Page: 257

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This book provides a wonderful overview of the landscapes, vegetation types, and plants of the five regions of the world that have a Mediterranean climate. This climate of mild, rainy winters and dry, warm summers is found in California, Central Chile, the Cape Region of South Africa, the southwestern part of Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. The regions are widely separated and the flora of each is distinctive, having for the most part developed independently. Nevertheless, the plants share remarkably similar characteristics which allow them to thrive in these unusual conditions. Peter Dallman's non-technical prose is complemented by numerous maps, tables, and figures, and the book is richly illustrated with photographs of landscapes, plants, and flowers. With its detailed information on some of the world's most resilient plant life, this book will serve as an excellent reference for everyone interested in growing drought-resistant plants and as a naturalist's guide to these beautiful and unusual bioregions. For the growing number of travelers whose vacations focus on learning about and appreciating natural history, Dallman also includes a chapter on planning trips to the five Mediterranean regions.
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Portugal

Author: John Laidlar,P. T. H. Unwin

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 293

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Portugal

a companion history

Author: José H. Saraiva,Ian Robertson,Len Clive Taylor,Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian,Instituto da Biblioteca Nacional e do Livro (Portugal)

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd.

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 222

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The Linnean

Newsletter and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London

Author: Linnean Society of London

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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European Wood-pastures in Transition

A Social-ecological Approach

Author: Tibor Hartel,Tobias Plieninger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135139113

Category: Nature

Page: 322

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Wood-pastures are important elements of European cultural identity and have an exceptional ecological value, yet they are in decline all over Europe. The structure of wood-pastures is strongly influenced by grazing and multiple other land uses and by local and regional environmental conditions. This book examines the diverse expressions of wood-pastures across Europe. It provides a new perspective, using a social-ecological framework to explore social and ecological values, governing institutions, threats and conservation approaches. It explores the major drivers of decline, which are shown to be related to accelerated cultural, institutional and developmental changes occurring across Europe over the past century. Case studies are included from North-Western, Southern, and Eastern Europe. Written by renowned scholars and conservationists, the book contributes to developing better, locally adapted conservation policies and management approaches for wood-pastures.
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