The Equatorial Rain Forest - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780408713054, 9781483192543

The Equatorial Rain Forest

1st Edition

A Geological History

Authors: John R. Flenley
eBook ISBN: 9781483192543
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 170
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The Equatorial Rain Forest: A Geological History presents the equatorial vegetation as a dynamic entity with varied and highly significant history. It also discusses other types of equatorial regions. It addresses the vegetational history from a palaeoecological viewpoint. Some of the topics covered in the book are the vegetation of equatorial regions; the prelude to the quaternary; the quaternary vegetation of equatorial Latin America; the quaternary vegetation of equatorial Africa; the cretaceous period; and the quaternary vegetation of equatorial indo-malesia. The value of vegetational history is fully covered. The effect of man on vegetation is discussed in detail. The text describes in depth the methods of studying vegetational history. The Paleocene, Eocene, and Oligocene epochs are presented completely. A chapter is devoted to the palynological evidence and synthesis. Another section focuses on the xeroseres, hydroseres and related successions. The book can provide useful information to botanists, geologists, students, and researchers.

Table of Contents


1 Present Vegetation and Its Biogeographical Problems

1.1 Introduction

1.2 The Present Vegetation of Equatorial Regions

1.3 The Value of Vegetational History

1.4 Methods of Studying Vegetational History

2 The Prelude to the Quaternary

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The Cretaceous Period

2.3 The Palaeogene

2.4 The Neogene

2.5 Palynological Evidence and Synthesis

3 The Quaternary Vegetation of Equatorial Africa

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Present Vegetation

3.3 Biogeographical Problems

3.4 Modern Pollen Rain

3.5 The Fossil Pollen Evidence

3.6 Conclusions

4 The Quaternary Vegetation of Equatorial Latin America

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Present Vegetation

4.3 Biogeographical Problems

4.4 Modern Pollen Rain

4.5 The Fossil Pollen Evidence

4.6 Conclusions

5 The Quaternary Vegetation of Equatorial Indo-Malesia

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Present Vegetation

5.3 Biogeographical Problems

5.4 Modern Pollen Rain

5.5 The Fossil Pollen Evidence

5.6 Conclusions

6 Seral Changes in Equatorial Vegetation

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Xeroseres

6.3 Hydroseres and Related Successions

6.4 Conclusions

7 The Influence of Man

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Equatorial Africa

7.3 Equatorial Latin America

7.4 Equatorial Indo-Malesia

7.5 Conclusions

8 Conclusions, Present Trends and Prospects

8.1 Conclusions

8.2 Present Trends

8.3 Prospects

Appendix 1. Notes On Common Pollen Types of the Equatorial East African Quaternary

Appendix 2. Notes On Common Pollen Types and Other Microfossils of the Equatorial Latin American Quaternary

Appendix 3. Notes On Common Pollen and Spore Types of the Equatorial Indo-Malesian Quaternary




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