By Samuel Bridgewater

ISBN-10: 0292726716

ISBN-13: 9780292726710

Written for a favored viewers and richly illustrated, this publication provides the 1st distinct portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of Belize, one of many earth's such a lot biologically profuse places.

Belize's Chiquibul wooded area is likely one of the greatest last expanses of tropical wet woodland in principal the US. It varieties a part of what's popularly often called the Maya woodland. Battered via hurricanes over thousands of years, occupied by way of the Maya for hundreds of thousands of years, and logged for centuries, this atmosphere has established its notable ecological resilience via its persisted lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its historical past of disturbance, or perhaps partly as a result of it, the Maya woodland is ranked as an immense nearby biodiversity sizzling spot and gives many of the final local habitats for endangered species comparable to the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.

A usual background of Belize offers for the 1st time an in depth portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya wooded area, and Belize extra widely, in a structure obtainable to a well-liked viewers. it really is established partially at the learn findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas examine Station within the Chiquibul wooded area. The ebook is exclusive in demystifying a few of the colossal medical debates with regards to rainforests. those comprise "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do wildlife evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" by way of targeting the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this publication illustrates how technology has solved a few of the riddles that after at a loss for words the likes of Charles Darwin, and likewise indicates the way it may also help us in coping with our planet and wooded area assets correctly within the future.

Published in organization with the average background Museum, London.
99 colour photographs, 6 illustrations, three maps.

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6 billion years. Stratigraphic chart of geological eras. Major evolutionary and geological events relevant to Belize are identified. 3 These earliest rock formations now underlie the Mountain Pine Ridge and much of the Cockscomb Basin, and they outcrop in parts of the Hummingbird and Mullins Rivers. Granite is an igneous rock, formed when magma from the earth’s interior cools and solidifies. These earliest Belizean granites are predominantly found as structures known as plutons, meaning that the magma cooled and solidified below the earth’s surface rather than above it.

Sandstones are made from quartz and feldspar minerals, and these can be seen, for example, at Baldy Beacon. In contrast, mudstone is formed by the deposition of much finer-grained clay material and is typical across much of the Maya Mountain region. The exact origin of these Santa Rosa sedimentary rocks is uncertain, although the material will have derived from erosion of the rocks that formed the supercontinents. 6 Subsequent to their formation, large areas of these sedimentary rocks became metamorphosed.

Visible changes in fossil sequences allow relative age estimates of rocks. For example, rocks containing ammonites are always older than those containing mammal bones. This is known because the geologic strata within which ammonites are found occur below the first rocks where mammals first appear; as a general rule of thumb for sedimentary rocks, younger rocks overlie older ones. 6 billion years. Stratigraphic chart of geological eras. Major evolutionary and geological events relevant to Belize are identified.

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