Plant Geography of Chile by Andres Moreira-MunozPlant Geography of Chile by Andres Moreira-Munoz

Plant Geography of Chile

byAndres Moreira-Munoz

Paperback | February 25, 2013

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The first and so far only Plant Geography of Chile was written about 100 years ago, since when many things have changed: plants have been renamed and reclassified; taxonomy and systematics have experienced deep changes as have biology, geography, and biogeography. The time is therefore ripe for a new look at Chile's plants and their distribution.

Focusing on three key issues - botany/systematics, geography and biogeographical analysis - this book presents a thoroughly updated synthesis both of Chilean plant geography and of the different approaches to studying it. Because of its range - from the neotropics to the temperate sub-Antarctic - Chile's flora provides a critical insight into evolutionary patterns, particularly in relation to the distribution along the latitudinal profiles and the global geographical relationships of the country's genera. The consequences of these relations for the evolution of the Chilean Flora are discussed.

This book will provide a valuable resource for both graduate students and researchers in botany, plant taxonomy and systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology and plant conservation.

Andrés Moreira-Muñoz was born in Los Angeles (Chile), studied at the German School in Santiago and graduated as Professional Geographer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Botanical interest was inherited from his grandfa-ther and mother, both renowned botanists at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Santiago. He obt...
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Title:Plant Geography of ChileFormat:PaperbackDimensions:346 pagesPublished:February 25, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400735049

ISBN - 13:9789400735040

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Table of Contents

Part I: Geobotanical scenario.- The extravagant physical geography of Chile.- Getting geobotanical knowledge.- Part II: Chorology of Chilean Plants.- Geographical relations of the Chilean flora.- Biogeographic regionalization.- Part III: Islands biogeography.- Pacific offshore islands.- Islands on the continent.- Part IV: Case studies on selected families.- Cactaceae, a weird family and postmodern evolution.- The richest family: Chilean Asteraceae.- Nothofagus, key genus in plant geography.- Part V: Where to from here? Projections of Chilean plant geography.- All the possible worlds of biogeography.- Epilogue.- Index.

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From the reviews:"The physical geography and geobiotic history of Chile is carefully summarized . thus making Earth history easier for, say, an ecologist to understand. . the use of tracks and plentiful distribution maps does make it easier to understand and visualize the connections between floral elements globally. . I highly recommend this text for those willing to incorporate geobiotic history, physical geography, taxonomy, and bioregionalization in their biogeographical pursuits." (Malte C. Ebach, Systematic Biology, Vol. 61 (5), 2012)"Andrés Moreira-Muñoz has written a book on the evolutionary biogeography of Chile, from the viewpoint of plants. . I really enjoyed reading this book. It contains an impressive amount of information. . it explores different . approaches that have been proposed to explain biogeographical patterns, suggesting that the vicariance/dispersal dichotomy is just too simple a problem design to deal with the complexities of evolutionary biogeography. This book should be read by biogeographers, systematists, naturalists, ecologists, and any other person interested in biogeography and evolution." (Juan J. Morrone, Cladistics, Vol. 28, 2012)