A Magic Web: The Forest of Barro Colorado Island by Egbert G. Leigh PDF

By Egbert G. Leigh

ISBN-10: 0195143280

ISBN-13: 9780195143287

ISBN-10: 0195349490

ISBN-13: 9780195349498

The tropical wooded area of Panama's Barro Colorado Island is a luxuriant group of crops and animals, pulsating with lifestyles and providing an fabulous view of nature's myriad techniques. What does the wooded area appear like? How do the actions of this forest's crops and animals create a neighborhood? Now, in A Magic net, photographer Christian Ziegler and ecologist Egbert Leigh invite readers to go into the magnificent international of Barro Colorado Island. This ebook offers a special blend of the marvelous images of a picture-book and transparent, authoritative textual content written through an lively scientist who has spent part an entire life attempting to comprehend tropical forests. the images offer perspectives of the wooded area and its impressive variety of population, and express the various actions that supply the woodland its personality and lend constitution to its group. Drawing on a long time of labor on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the woodland works. the pictures and textual content exhibit the various methods its vegetation and animals compete with but additionally rely on one another: the contrasts among solitary cats and intricately prepared armies of ants; the several methods vegetation fight for a spot within the solar, and the methods those vegetation allure, or cultivate, animals to pollinate their plants. ultimately, the authors exhibit why this, and by way of implication all different, tropical forests topic to the folks who dwell close to them and to the area at huge, what we will research from those forests, and the way they range from temperate-zone forests. jam-packed with stunning full-color photos followed by means of transparent and obtainable textual content, A Magic internet is a needs to for somebody making plans to go to a tropical woodland, and for all those that merely want they can.

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Canopy trees also provide supports on which lianas (woody vines) can climb and epiphytes, plants that grow on other plants, can sit to place their leaves in the sun. When trees die, their wood and leaves feed a host of fungi (fig. 17), bacteria, and even animals, the decomposers that live on dead matter and release its mineral nutrients for reuse by other plants. Dead matter is usually found in deep shade or even the airless dark: organisms that decompose dead matter rarely get enough light to combine water and carbon dioxide into sugar.

For example, 60 species of butterfly (excluding Panama skippers) are known to live in the fifty-thousand78,500 : 2,870 hectare H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in western Malay Peninsula Oregon; Barro Colorado's fifteen hundred hectares 131,600 3197 shelter about 270 species. Again, this is mediocre * Trees of at least 10cm trunk diameter in plots chosen to make tree numbers similar (between 4 and 8 ha) diversity by tropical standards: 850 species of butter- Fruits come in all shapes, colors, and size according to how they are dispersed.

This gorgeous animal has become a symbol for biodiversity and now serves as ambassador for a whole habitat under threat of disappearance: the rain forests of Central America. 10 PREVIOUS PAGES: Enormous colonies of millions of leaf-cutter ants (Atta colombica) cultivate and protect a fungus, which they eat (fig. 11). ), unlike most of its relatives, is carnivorous. It is one of the tens of thousands of insect species for which the forest of Barro Colorado Island is home. 12 Keel-billed toucans, Ramphastos sulfuratus, often flock together in trees with rich fruit crops.

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