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The Plant Geography of Korea with an Emphasis on the Alpine Zones : GEOBOTANY - Woo-Seok Kong

The Plant Geography of Korea with an Emphasis on the Alpine Zones

GEOBOTANY

Hardcover ISBN: 9780792320685
Number Of Pages: 231

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This is the first detailed analysis of the complex and rich vegetation of the mountainous Korean peninsula, which ranges from arctic-alpine to subtropical in character, and in which more than 4500 vascular-plant species have been recorded, including many endemics. It covers both the north and south of the peninsula and, using both past and present records, identifies eight major biogeographic regions. It pays due attention to vegetation history, tracing this back to Miocene times and noting the effects of Pleistocene climatic fluctuations. More recently, detailed climatic variations from 50 B.C. are recorded, along with man's influence on vegetation patterns. Special mention is made of the present arctic-alpine communities, their structural and floristic characteristics, their origins, and their vulnerability to current global warming. Throughout the relationships between Korean vegetation communities and those present in adjacent East Asia are emphasized along with those key features which make Korean communities distinctly unique.

Foreword and acknowledgments
The environmentp. 1
Biogeographic divisionsp. 11
Vegetation historyp. 46
Arctic-alpine and alpine floristic elementsp. 83
Evergreen arboreal arctic-alpine and alpine plants and their environmentsp. 105
Alpine and subalpine vegetation on Mt. Sorakp. 141
Conclusionsp. 173
Appendicesp. 185
Referencesp. 201
Index of Subject and Place Namesp. 217
Index of Plant Namesp. 221
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ISBN: 9780792320685
ISBN-10: 0792320689
Series: GEOBOTANY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.77

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