The Biology of Coastal Sand Dunes

Paperback | March 5, 2009

byM. Anwar Maun

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Coastal zones are becoming increasingly topical (and politically sensitive) as they face relentless pressures from urban expansion, recreational development, and sea level rise due to climate change. This timely book provides a comprehensive introduction to the formation, dynamics,maintenance, and perpetuation of coastal sand dune systems. It describes the interactions between living organisms and the physical processes of geomorphology. A global range of examples enhance the book's international appeal. Based on the research presented in this book, simple to complex fieldstudies and experiments could be designed at undergraduate and graduate levels to illustrate various biological principles. This accessible book is intended for a diverse audience; as an invaluable reference for researchers who study coastal dune systems and for novice researchers requiring a sound introduction to the subject. This book is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses incoastal zone management, plant ecology, restoration ecology, and conservation biology, as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise but authoritative overview of the topic. The book also will be of relevance and use to coastal managers, planners,naturalists, and anyone pursuing a greater understanding of coastal sand dunes.

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Coastal zones are becoming increasingly topical (and politically sensitive) as they face relentless pressures from urban expansion, recreational development, and sea level rise due to climate change. This timely book provides a comprehensive introduction to the formation, dynamics,maintenance, and perpetuation of coastal sand dune syst...

Anwar Maun attended Punjab University in Lahore, where he received a Merit Scholarship as well as both a BSc and MSc (agricultural botany). After completing another MSc at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon he won the Graduate Exchange Scholarship to Washington State University where he completed his PhD in crop ecology. In ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:March 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198570368

ISBN - 13:9780198570363

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PrefaceAnwar Maun obituary1. Geomorphology2. The sand dune environment3. Seed dispersal4. Seed banks5. Seed germination and seedling establishment6. Burial by sand7. The iAmmophila/i problem8. Salt spray and soil salinity9. Mycorrhizal fungi10. Animal-plant interactions11. Plant communities12. Zonation and succession13. Dune systems in relation to rising seasGlossaryReferencesIndex