Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - 346
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After the eruption, Krakatau provided a unique opportunity to study the colonization of a sterile area by plants and animals across a sea barrier and the gradual incorporation of the newcomers into the developing ecosystem. Krakatau is a comprehensive account of the reassembly of a tropical forest ecosystem over the past century. Ian Thornton tackles the many questions and controversies surrounding the eruption and its aftermath. He writes, "The natural healing process has followed the most extreme form of ecological destruction possible, total biological extirpation. Yet the islands surviving the 1883 eruption are covered in secondary forest, and over 200 species of plants, 70 species of vertebrates, and thousands of invertebrate species now inhabit these forests."

Krakatau will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand not just the rebirth of Krakatau but also the resilient nature of life everywhere.

 

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Krakatau: the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem

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Thornton (zoology, La Trobe Univ., Australia) succeeds in doing exactly what the title of his book states--trace the destruction and rebirth of the island of Krakatau. His first four chapters set the ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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One Touch of Nature
1
The Day That Shook the World
9
The Great Enigmas of 1883
28
Why Krakatau?
40
Life Returns
48
The Krakatau Problem
78
Arrival
96
Krakataus Child
132
Krakatau and Island Biogeography
210
Lottery or Jigsaw Puzzle?
250
The Human Presence Past and Future
273
Glossary
289
Biographical Notes
303
References
309
Credits
329
Author Index
331

Community Enrichment
139
Divergence of the Forests
161
Life on an Active Volcano
175

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Ian Thornton was Emeritus Professor of Zoology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.

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