Structure and Function of an Alpine Ecosystem: Niwot Ridge, Colorado by William D. BowmanStructure and Function of an Alpine Ecosystem: Niwot Ridge, Colorado by William D. Bowman

Structure and Function of an Alpine Ecosystem: Niwot Ridge, Colorado

EditorWilliam D. Bowman, Timothy R. Seastedt

Hardcover | April 26, 2001

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This book will provide a complete overview of an alpine ecosystem, based on the long-term research conducted at the Niwot Ridge LTER. There is, at present, no general book on alpine ecology. The alpine ecosystem features conditions near the limits of biological existence, and is a usefullaboratory for asking more general ecological questions, because it offers large environmental change over relatively short distances. Factors such as macroclimate, microclimate, soil conditions, biota, and various biological factors change on differing scales, allowing insight into the relativecontributions of the different factors on ecological outcomes.

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Timothy R. Seastedt is at University of Colorado.
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Title:Structure and Function of an Alpine Ecosystem: Niwot Ridge, ColoradoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:April 26, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsForeword1. William D. Bowman: Introduction: Historical Perspectives on Significance of Alpine Ecosystem StudiesI Physical Environment2. David Greenland: Climate3. herman Sievering: Atmospheric Chemistry and Deposition4. Nel Caine: Geomorphic Systems of Green Lakes Valley5. Mark W. Williams and Nel Caine: Hydrology and HydrochemistryII Ecosystem Structures6. Marilyn D. Walker et al: The Vegetation: Hierarchical Species-Environment Relationships7. David M. Armstrong et al: Vertebrates8. Timothy R. Seastedt: SoilsIII Ecosystem Function9. Willaim D. Bowman and Melany C. Fisk: Primary Production10. Russell K. Monson et al: Plant Nutrient Relations11. Timothy R. Seastedt: Controls on Decomposition Processes in Alpine Tundra12. Melany C. Fisk et al: Nitrogen Cycling13. Steven K. Schmidt et al: Soil-Atmosphere Gas Exchange14. Denise Dearing: Plant-Herbivore InteractionsIV Past and Future15. Scott A. Elias: Paleoecology and Late Quaternary Environments of the Colorodo Rockies16. Jeffrey M. Welker et al: Environmental Chagne and Future Directions in Alpine ResearchIndex

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"Structure and Function of an Alpine Ecosystem summarizes and synthesizes more than four decades of alpine research undertaken at this high-elevation location. ... a number of high quality black-and-white photographs of the Niwot Ridge/Green Lakes site ... enhance the pleasure of readingthrough the technical material. ... a valuable compendium and summary of information on the alpine world of North America, especially the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. ... all serious fans of alpine environments will want to read this book if not own it."--Natural Areas Journal