Beech Forests by R. PetersBeech Forests by R. Peters

Beech Forests

byR. Peters

Paperback | December 8, 2010

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This volume compares the beech forests of eastern Asia, North America and Europe. Beech forests are important in each of these three regions. No other book covers beech on this scale. The author has personally studied beech forests in each region, and his large body of data is the starting point for comparison. For such a world-wide comparison to be justified, factors that have most strongly influenced the beech forests should be known. First, use and management of beech forests are compared. They have influenced beech forests for millennia and have been very different in each region. Next, in a historical comparison spread and speciation since the early Tertiary are analysed. Today's beech forests cover a wide range of climates and soils; they occur in cool temperate regions as well as on tropical mountains. The final part compares the trees and forests themselves: growth and form of trees, species composition and populations, forest structure and forest dynamics.
Title:Beech ForestsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:181 pagesPublished:December 8, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9048148243

ISBN - 13:9789048148240

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Use and Management. 3. History: Spread and Speciation. 4. The Environment of Fagus Species: Climate and Soil. 5. Growth and Form: Beech Versus Other Dominant Tree Species. 6. Beech Forests: Woody Species Composition, Populations, Spatial Aspects. 7. Canopy-Dynamics in Beech Forests. 8. Synthesis and Conclusion. References. Index.

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` A rare book lying at the interface between ecology and palaeoecology that deserves a place in the forests section of your library.' The Holocene, 8:4 (1998)