Shallow Subterranean Habitats: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

Hardcover | July 5, 2014

byDavid C. Culver, Tanja Pipan

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Shallow subterranean habitats (SSHs) are areas of habitable space that are less than 10 m in depth from the surface. These range from large areas such as shallow caves and lava tubes, to tiny areas such as cracks in ceilings, or spaces in soil. Whilst being very different in many ways, theyare often bound together by shared characteristics of the habitats and their faunas, and their study can help us to understand subterranean habitats in general. This book concentrates on the more typical SSHs of intermediate size (seepage springs, spaces between rocks, cracks in lava etc.),describing the habitats, their fauna, and the ecological and evolutionary questions posed. Similarities and differences between the habitats are considered and discussed in a broader ecological and evolutionary context. The book is mainly aimed at students and researchers in the field of subterranean biology, but will also be of interest to a wider range of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, freshwater biologists, and conservationists. There will also be an audience of environmental professionals.

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Shallow subterranean habitats (SSHs) are areas of habitable space that are less than 10 m in depth from the surface. These range from large areas such as shallow caves and lava tubes, to tiny areas such as cracks in ceilings, or spaces in soil. Whilst being very different in many ways, theyare often bound together by shared characteris...

David C. Culver received his Ph.D. in 1970 in Biology from Yale University. He is currently Professor of Biology at American University in Washington, DC, with broad research interests in subterranean biology, especially biodiversity, biogeography, and ecosystem function. He has active research projects on U.S. subterranean biodiversi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:July 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199646171

ISBN - 13:9780199646173

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Table of Contents

1. The shallow subterranean domain2. Seepage springs and the hypotelminorheic habitat3. Epikarst: the soil-rock interface in karst4. Intermediate-sized terrestrial shallow subterranean habitats5. Calcrete aquifers6. Interstitial habitats along rivers and streams7. Soil8. Lava tubes9. The role of light in shallow subterranean habitats10. Environmental fluctuations and stresses in shallow subterranean habitats11. Organic carbon and nutrients in shallow subterranean habitats12. Evolution of morphology in shallow subterranean habitats13. Colonization and dispersal in shallow subterranean habitats14. Phylogeny in shallow subterranean habitats15. Conservation and protection of shallow subterranean habitats16. Epilogue and prospects