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Playas of the Great Plains

By Loren M. Smith

Shallow wetlands that occur primarily in semi-arid to arid environments, playas are keystone ecosystems in the western Great Plains of North America. Providing irreplaceable habitat for native plants and animals, including migratory birds, they are essential for the maintenance of biotic diversity throughout the region. Playas also serve to recharge the aquifer that supplies much of the water for the Plains states. At the same time, however, large-scale habitat changes have endangered playas across the Great Plains, making urgent the need to understand their ecology and implement effective conservation measures. This book provides a state-of-the-art survey of all that is currently known about Great Plains playa ecology and conservation. Loren Smith synthesizes his own extensive research with other published studies to define playas and characterize their origin, development, flora, fauna, structure, function, and diversity. He also thoroughly explores the human relationship with playas from prehistoric times, when they served as campsites for the Clovis peoples, to today’s threats to playa ecosystems from agricultural activities and global climate change. A blueprint for government agencies, private conservation groups, and concerned citizens to save these unique prairie ecosystems concludes this landmark study.

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Subterranean Struggles

New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America

Edited by Anthony Bebbington and Jeffrey Bury

Blending perspectives from geography and political ecology, this pioneering essay collection probes the recent resurgence of global investment in mineral and hydrocarbon extraction in Latin America, examining the environmental and social consequences through a transdisciplinary lens.

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Texas Earthquakes

By Cliff Frohlich and Scott D. Davis

When nature goes haywire in Texas, it isn’t usually an earthshaking event. Though droughts, floods, tornadoes, and hail all keep Texans talking about the unpredictable weather, when it comes to earthquakes, most of us think we’re on terra firma in this state. But we’re wrong! Nearly every year, earthquakes large enough to be felt by the public occur somewhere in Texas. This entertaining, yet authoritative book covers "all you really need to know" about earthquakes in general and in Texas specifically. The authors explain how earthquakes are caused by natural forces or human activities, how they’re measured, how they can be predicted, and how citizens and governments should prepare for them. They also thoroughly discuss earthquakes in Texas, looking at the occurrences and assessing the risks region by region and comparing the amount of seismic activity in Texas to other parts of the country and the world. The book concludes with a compendium of over one hundred recorded earthquakes in Texas from 1811 to 2000 that briefly describes the location, timing, and effects of each event.

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Wetland and Riparian Areas of the Intermountain West

Ecology and Management

Edited by Mark C. McKinstry, Wayne A. Hubert, and Stanley H. Anderson

Wetlands and riparian areas between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada are incredibly diverse and valuable habitats. More than 80 percent of the wildlife species in this intermountain region depend on these wetlands—which account for less than 2 percent of the land area—for their survival. At the same time, the wetlands also serve the water needs of ranchers and farmers, recreationists, vacation communities, and cities. It is no exaggeration to call water the “liquid gold” of the West, and the burgeoning human demands on this scarce resource make it imperative to understand and properly manage the wetlands and riverine areas of the Intermountain West. This book offers land managers, biologists, and research scientists a state-of-the-art survey of the ecology and management practices of wetland and riparian areas in the Intermountain West. Twelve articles examine such diverse issues as laws and regulations affecting these habitats, the unique physiographic features of the region, the importance of wetlands and riparian areas to fish, wildlife, and livestock, the ecological function of these areas, their value to humans, and the methods to evaluate these habitats. The authors also address the human impacts on the land from urban and suburban development, mining, grazing, energy extraction, recreation, water diversions, and timber harvesting and suggest ways to mitigate such impacts. In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are: Paul Adamus, Oregon State University, Corvallis Michael A. Bozek, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Robert C. Ehrhart, Oregon State University, Bend James H. Gammonley, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins Paul L. Hansen, Bitterroot Restoration, Corvallis, Montana E. Andrew Hart, University of Wyoming, Laramie Murray K. Laubhan, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins, Colorado Kirk Lohman, University of Idaho, Moscow James R. Lovvorn, University of Wyoming, Laramie Neal D. Niemuth, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Richard A. Olson, University of Wyoming, Laramie Neil F. Payne, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Mark A. Rumble, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Rapid City, South Dakota Maureen Ryan, University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Law Brian E. Smith, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, North Dakota Mark Squillace, University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Law Stephen A. Tessmann, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Cheyenne David W. Willis, South Dakota State University, Brookings

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