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Animals as Geomorphic Agents

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039321

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  • Zoogeomorphology is the first and only book of its kind to examine the role animals play in sculpting the Earth's surface, thus integrating the ideas and literature from the fields of geomorphology and wildlife ecology. Dr. Butler describes how animals of all kinds--from small insects to large mammals such as elephants--can act as agents of erosion, transportation, and deposition of sediment. He discusses specific processes associated with the diversity of animal influences in geomorphology: burrowing and denning, nesting, lithophagy and geophagy, wallowing and trampling, food caching, excavating for food, and dam building by beavers.

    • This was the first book of its kind on zoogeomorphology
    • Extensive bibliography and over 600 references
    • Integrates the topics, concepts and literature of the fields of geomorphology and wildlife ecology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Butler has written a book which... is a fine piece of workmanship and will be read by all even remotely interested in zoogeomorphology. It should be an informed stimulant for years to come." Stanley W, Trimble, Earth Surface Processes in Landforms

    "I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as the author is not only knowledgable in geomorphology, but is also witty and delightfully humourous in his writing....At present, there is no other book on zoogeomorphology. This, coupled with its atractively low price and its undeniable charm, make it a first choice both for geomorphologists and for anyone interested in animals and their ecology." Francisco L. Perez, Geomorphology

    " educating and entertaining treatise...Ecologists interested in ecosystem engineering by species will find Zoogeomorphology a very valuable source of information...." Clive G. Jones, Ecology

    "...a handy reference for the general phenomena associated with zoogeomorphology....Perhaps its most valuable role will be to stimulate both biologists and geomorphologists to further investigate what are likely to be interesting and important influences of animals on the Earth's surface and near surface environment." O.J. Reichman, Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039321
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 66 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The geomorphic influences of invertebrates
    3. The geomorphic accomplishments of ectothermic vertebrates
    4. Birds as agents of erosion, transportation and deposition
    5. The geomorphic effects of digging for and caching food
    6. Trampling, wallowing and geophagy by mammals
    7. The geomorphic effects of mammalian burrowing
    8. The geomorphic influence of beavers
    9. Concluding remarks

  • Author

    David R. Butler, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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