A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest (Corrie by Samuel Bridgewater

By Samuel Bridgewater

Belize's Chiquibul wooded area is without doubt one of the greatest ultimate expanses of tropical wet woodland in imperative the US. It varieties a part of what's popularly referred to as the Maya woodland. Battered by means of hurricanes over hundreds of thousands of years, occupied by way of the Maya for hundreds of thousands of years, and logged for centuries, this surroundings has proven its outstanding ecological resilience via its persisted lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its heritage of disturbance, or perhaps partially due to it, the Maya woodland is ranked as an enormous neighborhood biodiversity sizzling spot and offers a few of the final nearby habitats for endangered species reminiscent of the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.

A usual historical past of Belize offers for the 1st time an in depth portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya woodland, and Belize extra extensively, in a layout available to a well-liked viewers. it's dependent partially at the study findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas study Station within the Chiquibul woodland. The publication is exclusive in demystifying a few of the tremendous medical debates with regards to rainforests. those contain "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do wildlife evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" through concentrating on the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this ebook illustrates how technological know-how has solved a number of the riddles that when confused the likes of Charles Darwin, and in addition indicates the way it might help us in handling our planet and woodland assets properly within the future.

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