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Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity

Greg Abernathy

Editore: University Press of Kentucky, 2010
ISBN 10: 0813125758 / ISBN 13: 9780813125756
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Titolo: Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Illustrated ...

Casa editrice: University Press of Kentucky

Data di pubblicazione: 2010

Legatura: Hardcover

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Riassunto: Kentucky's abundance of plant and animal life, from the bottomland swamps in the west to the rich Appalachian forests in the east, is extraordinary as well as beautiful. Glades, prairies, forests, wetlands, rivers, and caves form a biologically diverse patchwork that is unique to the state. Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity provides an essential reference to the remarkable natural history of the commonwealth and is a rallying call for the conservation of this priceless legacy.

Kentucky's ecosystems teem with diverse native species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Kentucky's Natural Heritage brings these sometimes elusive creatures into close view, from black-throated green warblers to lizard skin liverworts. The aquatic systems of the state are home to rainbow darters, ghost crayfish, salamander mussels, and an impressive array of other species that constitute some of the greatest levels of freshwater diversity on the planet.

Kentucky's Natural Heritage presents a persuasive argument for conservation of the state's biodiversity. Organized by a team from the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, the book is an outgrowth of the agency's focus on biodiversity protection.

Richly detailed and lavishly illustrated with more than 250 color photos, maps, and charts, Kentucky's Natural Heritage is the definitive compendium of the commonwealth's amazing diversity. It celebrates the natural beauty of some of the most important ecosystems in the nation and presents a compelling case for the necessity of conservation.

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Although any nature lover walking through one of the Kentucky's more than fifty nature reserves can observe the diverse population of flora and fauna, few truly understand the importance of the biological, geographical, and cultural history of Kentucky in the context of biodiversity. Kentucky's Natural Heritage provides an essential illustrated reference to Kentucky's remarkable natural history, while emphasizing the importance of conserving the unique biological environment to which the Commonwealth is home.

From the Mississippi Piedmont rivers to the Appalachian mesophytic forests, the state hosts a vast range of ecosystems that have been internationally recognized for their biodiversity. Kentucky is made up of three natural regions: the Coastal Plains, the Interior Low Plateaus, and the Appalachian Highlands. These three areas are drastically different from each other in climate, geology, topography, and soils; consequently, the flora and fauna found in each are often specific to that area. For example, the Orangefin Darter can be found in the Green River ecosystem -- and nowhere else in the world.

The book also serves as a call to arms for conservation of the state's numerous natural communities. The authors outline the threats that could potentially destroy the biodiversity in the state, and discuss the need for and methods of conservation of the area. They also stress that ecosystems are dynamic and that the fluctuation in population of one species can drastically affect the rest of the ecological web, thus highlighting the delicate balances that exist within such environments. The preservation of these fragile systems continues to be a relatively hot-button issue since former Governor Paul E. Patton commissioned the Kentucky Biodiversity Task Force in an effort to sustain biodiversity in the state.

Kentucky's Natural Heritage was spearheaded by a team from the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and consists of entries written by over fifteen of the state's most noted naturalists. Complete with maps, charts, and nearly 200 photos, this book will please both the academic reader and anyone interested in the state's natural heritage. It is the first book to describe holistically the connections between the environment, the landscape, the flora, and the fauna of Kentucky in a time when such connections are in danger of being broken forever.

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