Item description for Hotspots Revisited: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions by Russell A. Mittermeier, Patricio Robles Gil, Michael Hoffman, John Pilgrim, Thomas Brooks, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas...
For decades, Conservation International has devoted itself not only to saving endangered regions on the planet but also to chronicling, in lavish volumes, the biodiversity of these areas. These volumes, according to Choice, are"a superbly produced . . . source of hard-to-find information on biodiversity, biogreography, and conservation."
Hotspots Revisited continues this rich tradition, drawing on the organization's continuing work to identify, research, and document biologically diverse yet dangerously threatened regions. The first Hotspots volume identified twenty-five endangered regions; Hotspots Revisited reveals an astonishing nine additional areas, from Melanesia to northern Mexico, that now meet the same criteria.
Hotspots Revisited presents the most up-to-date analyses of the ecology of these endangered areas—including new information on freshwater fish and other animal populations. But the heart of the volume is in the hundreds of vibrant color photographs of the animals and plants under threat. Magnificent in conception and flawless in execution, Hotspots Revisited is equally at home on a scientist's shelf or an ecotourist's coffee table.
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Studio: Conservation International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 11.25" Height: 13.5" Weight: 8.65 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Conservation International
ISBN 9686397779 ISBN13 9789686397772
Availability 0 units.
More About Russell A. Mittermeier, Patricio Robles Gil, Michael Hoffman, John Pilgrim, Thomas Brooks, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas
Theo Allofs is an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer, whose images regularly appear in "Smithsonian," "National Geographic," "Outdoor Photographer," "GEO" and "American Photo,"
Russell A. Mittermeier is the president of Conservation International, of which all the authors are members.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hotspots Revisited: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions?
A Hefty Treasure Apr 8, 2008
This is a massive book. It is really much too large to easily read unless you sit down with it and prop it on a table. The weight and size make it a bit uncomfortable to read and that is a shame as it has such good content and is a very important and timely book about the earth's biodiversity crisis.
Hotspots are areas of the earth that harbor unusually high concentrations of plants, birds, mammals, fish and other species out of proportion to their small area. Examples are the cloud forests of the Andes and the Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil. Most of these areas are threatened by logging or other development and biologists are racing to catalog and describe all that is there as the conservationists struggle to protect portions of the areas.
There is much to learn from the pages of this book and to appreciate from the images taken across the world. I too would recommend sharing this book with friends but would recommend a weight lifting program before hauling this off to your reading room.
First Rate Summary of Planetary Biodiversity and How to Go About Saving It Aug 7, 2005
It isn't often that a sumptuous coffee table book is both visually appealing and scientifically packed with well-researched data. Hotspots Revisited hits the mark on both scores. This updated revision of the 1999 edition of Hotspots expands the number of planetary hotspots to 35. This is an information-packed compendium on those areas of our planet that are species-rich and home to the highest levels of species endemism. The book acknowledges that all biodiversity is important and that all nations and communities must do everything possible to protect our planet's rich biological heritage. Life, however, is not evenly distributed around the world and because of this fact, this volume presents a convincing and forceful rationale for adopting the hotspot strategy for prioritizing areas for biological conservation. This is done by summarizing the distributions of plants and vertebrate animals in a way that is both comprehensive and intelligible to even the lay reader who does not have an extensive background in the biological sciences. This volume is both a visual feast and a celebration of life. It is hard to set it aside once you have opened it. Without a doubt, it is one of the best bargains of any book offered by this site.com and should be required reading for all governmental and private organizations charged with saving our natural resources at a time when the fabric of life on planet Earth is being threatened by overexploitation, environmental destruction, violent conflict, and countless other factors. Buy it, read it thoroughly, learn more stunning facts about planetary geography and biodiversity than you have probably ever been exposed to at one sitting, and by all means loan it to a friend once you have immersed yourself in this model expose of our planet's extraordinary biodiversity.