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Zoogeomorphology : Animals as Geomorphic Agents - David R. Butler


Animals as Geomorphic Agents

Hardcover Published: 26th May 1995
ISBN: 9780521433433
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

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"...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 "...an 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

Introductionp. 1
The geomorphic influences of invertebratesp. 11
The geomorphic accomplishments of ectothermic vertebratesp. 29
Birds as agents of erosion, transportation, and depositionp. 42
The geomorphic effects of digging for and caching foodp. 60
Trampling, wallowing, and geophagy by mammalsp. 82
The geomorphic effects of mammalian burrowingp. 108
The geomorphic influence of beaversp. 148
Concluding remarksp. 184
Referencesp. 187
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780521433433
ISBN-10: 0521433436
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th May 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.93  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.59

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