Origin and Evolution of Tropical Rain Forests by Robert J. Morley

By Robert J. Morley

offers the 1st accomplished overview of the evolution of tropical rain forests on a continent by way of continent foundation, inside an updated tectonic, palaeogeographical and palaeoclimatic framework basically by means of connection with the list of fossil pollens and spores.

even if tropical rain forests shape the world's so much species-rich ecosystems, their foundation and heritage stay uncertain, other than at the very brief timescale of the final 40,000 years or so. This ebook seems to be at their historical past on an extended time period geological and worldwide timescale, beginning with the starting place of the angiosperms over a hundred million years in the past which at the present time overwhelmingly dominate the forests. It additionally establishes the age of the nice tropical rain wooded area blocks and identifies the area s oldest tropical rain forests. eventually, it compares twentieth Century tropical rain woodland destruction with prehistoric woodland clearance in temperate areas, and appears for analogues of the current section of destruction in the geological checklist ahead of contemplating long-term implications of overall rain wooded area destruction.

The booklet attracts on formerly unpublished palynological info generated for petroleum businesses in the course of the process hydrocarbon exploration programmes.

will probably be of curiosity to all interested by tropical rain forests, specifically biologists, botanists, ecologists, and scholars of evolution. will probably be worthy for postgraduates, and complex undergraduates, in addition to stratigraphers, palaeobotainists, palynologists, and petroleum geologists.

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