Mediterranean Type Ecosystems - Origin and Structure

By: di Castri, Francesco & Mooney, Harold A. (editors)

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Mainly illustrated in the text with maps and charts, large octavo, pp xiv, 405, (three stamps on the rear endpaper say "reception copy, do not remove", but no other markings), very clean internally, cloth very slightly worn, spine very slightly faded. [No other disjunct pieces of land present such striking similarities as the widely separated regions with a mediterranean type of climate, that is, the territories fringing the Mediterranean Sea, California, Central Chile and the southernmost strips of South Arica and Australia. Similarities are not confined to climatic trends, but are also reflected in the physiognomy of the vegetation, in land use patterns and frequently in the general appearance of the landscape. The very close similarities in agricultural practices and sometimes also in rural settlements are dependent on the climatic and edaphic analogies, as well as on a certain commonality in cutural history. This is certainly true for the Mediterranean Sea basin which in many ways represents a sort of ecological-cultural unit; this is also valid for California and Chile, which were both settled by Spaniards and which showed periods of vigorous commercial and cultural interchanges as during the California gold rush. One other general feature is the massive interchange of cultivated and weed species of plants that has occurred between the five areas of the world that have a mediterranean-type climate, with the Mediterranean basin region itself as a major source. In spite of their limited territorial extension, probably no other parts of the world have played a more fundamental role in the history of mankind. Phoenician, Etruscan, Hellenic, Jewish, Roman, Christian and Arab civilizations, among others,have shaped many of man's present attitudes, including his position and perception vis-a-vis nature.]

Title: Mediterranean Type Ecosystems - Origin and Structure

Author Name: di Castri, Francesco & Mooney, Harold A. (editors)

Categories: Ecology, Natural History, Floras,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London & Berlin, Chapman & Hall and Springer-Verlag: 1973

ISBN Number: 0412684209

ISBN Number 13: 9780412684203

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 013500

Keywords: physical.geography.vegetation.soil.systems.plants.animals.biogeography.