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Appreciating urban wildscapes: Towards a natural history of unnatural places. Chapter 2

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2011

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In: Jorgensen, Anna; Keenan, Richard., eds. Urban wildscapes. London: Routledge: 33-48.

Abstract

The ecosystems of a given place reflect the response of living organisms to their environment. Woodlands can become wetlands with too much moisture and grasslands with too little; increases in elevation can turn a deciduous forest into a coniferous one; and fire and other disturbances can set back a climax community to its early stages of ecological succession. The sum total of these environmental influences results in a place's biodiversity, and while the study and description of these processes and their expression in the living landscape is usually considered the business of the ecological sciences, humanistic narratives that construct the unique ecological stories of a place in order to build appreciation and support for ecosystem protection might more appropriately fall into the domain of natural history.

Citation

Gobster, Paul H. 2011. Appreciating urban wildscapes: Towards a natural history of unnatural places Chapter 2. In: Jorgensen, Anna; Keenan, Richard., eds. Urban wildscapes. London: Routledge: 33-48.

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