New PDF release: A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest (Corrie

By Samuel Bridgewater

ISBN-10: 0292726716

ISBN-13: 9780292726710

Written for a well-liked viewers and richly illustrated, this booklet provides the 1st precise portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of Belize, one of many earth's such a lot biologically profuse places.

Belize's Chiquibul woodland is among the biggest closing expanses of tropical wet woodland in relevant the USA. It kinds a part of what's popularly often called the Maya wooded area. Battered via hurricanes over hundreds of thousands of years, occupied via the Maya for millions of years, and logged for centuries, this environment has validated its awesome ecological resilience via its endured lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its historical past of disturbance, or even partly as a result of it, the Maya wooded area is ranked as an incredible nearby biodiversity sizzling spot and offers a few of the final neighborhood habitats for endangered species akin to the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.

A normal heritage of Belize provides for the 1st time an in depth portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya woodland, and Belize extra greatly, in a structure available to a well-liked viewers. it really is dependent partially at the examine findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas learn Station within the Chiquibul woodland. The ebook is exclusive in demystifying a few of the great clinical debates regarding rainforests. those contain "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do natural world evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" through targeting the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this publication illustrates how technological know-how has solved many of the riddles that when puzzled the likes of Charles Darwin, and likewise indicates the way it may help us in coping with our planet and woodland assets correctly within the future.

Published in organization with the ordinary background Museum, London.
99 colour images, 6 illustrations, three maps.

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Around 80 MYA, a complex series of collisions and associated subductions between the oceanic Farallón plate, the North American plate, and the Caribbean plate formed a series of volcanic islands that would eventually form the Greater Antilles (Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Cuba) and, from about 11 MYA, parts of mainland Central America. At this time, the global climate was cooling and the ice caps at the poles were beginning to expand, causing the sea level to drop and increasing the land areas above water between North and South America.

It thus potentially represents a now-extinct link between these two important plant groups and was an important component of the world’s first forests. sowing the seeds of success One of the major evolutionary breakthroughs in land plants and a factor in their subsequent success was the evolution of seed. This occurred during the Devonian. Prior to this point, the dominant plant groups of the time, such as club mosses and ferns, had o ut o f the o c e a n 37 The extinct genus Archaeopteris is known only from the fossil record.

In addition to representing the only exposed outcrop of rocks of ancient Paleozoic age in the region, the whole massif has been folded by tectonic pressure, and it dips to the west at an angle of approximately 10 degrees. The area also represents what geologists call a horst, which is an uplifted block of the earth’s crust between parallel faults. It is believed that this occurred sometime during the Cretaceous period (146–66 MYA). There has been tectonic movement elsewhere in Belize, and its rocks are bisected by numerous fault lines.

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