Item description for Surtsey: Ecosystems Found by Sturla Fridriksson...
The birth of the island was in itself an interesting geological phenomenon but the island also became a biological laboratory, where scientists could investigate how organisms disperse across the ocean to remote islands and how plants and animals colonize completely barren areas like Surtsey whith its extremely hostile habitat, sub-arctic environment and its substrate of lava, ash and pumice. On Surtsey it was possible to demonstrate how seed and various living organisms are carried by air or ocean currents over great distances and how they manage to disperse on their own or are transported by other means. The thorough investigations carried out on Surtsey showed how the pioneers invaded the island and were gradually joined by others in forming primitive societies and simple ecosystems. These societies are then compared whith the more advanced communities on neighboring islands in order to predict the future development of life on Surtsey until it reaches its ecological climax.
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Studio: University of Iceland Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8" Height: 10" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher University of Iceland Press
ISBN 9979946903 ISBN13 9789979946908
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Beautifully illustrated, comprehensive, instructive Oct 18, 2009
This book details the origin and development of an island in the North Atlantic just off of Iceland. The volcanic eruption that produced it, provided an opportunity to observe how an island forms, how it becomes colonized with organisms, how succession establishes a stable biota, and how ecosystems emerge on a blank slate. In a sense this island provided biologists and geologists with a chance to see how well theories of island biogeography apply to a real situation.
This book is very well written in terms of the text and story told, and it provides wonderful photographs and artistic graphics to explain the geology and biology of Surtsey. For anyone teaching a course in island biogeography, as I do, this book is a critical reference in preparing for instruction. This book does not replace texts on island biogeography in terms of theory, but it certainly supplements theory with a very well illustrated example. Students would find the book very readable and approachable.