Igap (black-water Flooded Forests) Of The Amazon Basin

Igap (black-water Flooded Forests) Of The Amazon Basin
by Randall W. Myster / / / PDF


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Igap forests are a common part of the Amazon whose ecosystems are critical to our shared human future. The introduction addresses the structure, function and dynamics of igap forests in the Amazon basin, focusing on their uniqueness due to their high level of complexity defined as the many ways that different components of igap forests in the Amazon basin ecosystem interact and also on how those interactions are on a higher-order compared to other tropical forests. The text then breaks down the igap ecosystem using these sections: (1) Igap forests over space and time, (2) Water, light and soils, (3) The carbon cycle, (4) Litter, fungi and invertebrates, (5) Vertebrates, (6) Plant population studies, (7) Plant community studies, and (8) Human impacts and management. Experts from around the world serve as chapter authors that review what is known about their specific part of the igap ecosystem, what research they have done, and also what needs to be done in the future.

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