By Egbert G. Leigh
The tropical wooded area of Panama's Barro Colorado Island is a luxuriant group of crops and animals, pulsating with lifestyles and providing an brilliant view of nature's myriad approaches. What does the wooded area appear like? How do the actions of this forest's crops and animals create a group? Now, in A Magic net, photographer Christian Ziegler and ecologist Egbert Leigh invite readers to go into the exceptional global of Barro Colorado Island. This booklet offers a distinct mixture of the astonishing images of a picture-book and transparent, authoritative textual content written through an energetic scientist who has spent part a life-time attempting to comprehend tropical forests. the pictures supply perspectives of the woodland and its striking range of population, and express some of the actions that supply the wooded area its personality and lend constitution to its neighborhood. Drawing on a long time of labor on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the wooded area works. the images and textual content display the various methods its vegetation and animals compete with but additionally depend upon one another: the contrasts among solitary cats and intricately prepared armies of ants; the several methods crops fight for a spot within the solar, and the methods those vegetation allure, or cultivate, animals to pollinate their plant life. eventually, the authors exhibit why this, and through implication all different, tropical forests subject to the folks who dwell close to them and to the area at huge, what we will be able to examine from those forests, and the way they range from temperate-zone forests. filled with stunning full-color photos observed via transparent and obtainable textual content, A Magic internet is a needs to for someone making plans to go to a tropical wooded area, and for all those that basically want they can.
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