Tropical Nature by Adrian Forsyth [epub, pdf, doc, kindle]

Tropical Nature ePub, PDF, Kindle, Doc versions Available Tropical Nature: An Exploration of Rainforest Ecology

The book Tropical Nature is a collection of topics that explore the rainforests of Central and South America.Written by two biologists, Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata, it contains field work observations that they did both on their own and together.The New World tropics are teeming with thousands of species, and those exploring it will maintain an enthusiasm that does not cease, as this book conveys.The writers’ passion and interest for all organisms both large and miniscule is evident as they voyage through various areas of lowland rainforests.It is based off of their naturalist perspectives and “phenomena that can be observed by anyone on a visit to a tropical American rainforest.”
Tropical Nature starts off by explaining this region’s typical climate and why it is this way, as well as how it compares to other places around the world.For example, the tropical rainforest receives steady amounts of sunlight throughout the year due to its position on Earth, preventing the temperature from fluctuating much, whereas in the midlatitudes, this is not the case.It also goes over how, despite the overall abundance of rain, there are still dry seasons that affect the vegetation and animals.
This book covers everything from soil fertility to hallucinogenic plants and insects.In order to effectively explain the patterns of the rainforest plants and animals, it talks about productivity and the cycling of nutrients. Due to the climate, the fungi flourishes and speeds up the decomposition of litter on the forest floor.Because of this rapid digestive process, there is not much accumulation of organic matter or surplus of nutrients.
Other chapters reference evolutionary processes such as how epiphytes often grow on trees in order to reach the sunlight or how butterflies and moths have eye-like spots to scare away predators.One particularly interesting part was about plant reproduction and how plants in the rainforest have evolved to attract certain pollinators.For example, flowers that are pollinated by hummingbirds are tubular shaped and suspended away from the plant, giving hummingbirds better access to the flower’s nectar than other organisms.Another chapter called “Bugs and Drugs” describes how plants have developed chemical defenses over the years to discourage herbivores from eating them.Some of these plants produce profound effects on the consumer such as hallucinations or death.The seventeen chapters each focus on a specific part of the rainforest and its interworkings within the rest of the ecosystem.
Tropical Nature shows how intertwined the rainforest is, with symbiotic relationships, constant evolution, and the highest diversity in the world.All life in the tropical rainforest depends on each other and the ecological processes that are continually occurring.
I found Tropical Nature to be an interesting read.At first, I thought the material was going to be a little dry, just because it is nonfiction and there are some technical biological terms.However, the authors artfully put forward their observations in a way that is accessible to more than just people with a science background; Forsyth and Miyata build a story into their ecological findings.For instance, when talking about plant reproduction, instead of merely stating the necessary means, they compare it to courtship, which is something that is very relatable to us.Another thing I liked about this book is how they throw in a bit about conservation and the human impact on rainforests, despite it being a thirty year-old book.In the back, there is a beginner’s travel guide to the rainforest which helps connect the reader to all the material he or she just read. Reading Tropical Nature definitely made me want to visit a rainforest sometime in my life because it showed me all the tiny details that are so remarkable but often overlooked.I even have a new appreciation for termites and beetles and all the work that they do, and it is obvious that the authors have a deep understanding of their importance, along with all the other minute organisms as well.The authors’ enthusiasm for the tropical rainforest’s plants and animals helps to intrigue the reader and make him or her care about the subject too.
Tropical Nature is written for a range of ages since it is a topic that sparks people’s interest whether they are twelve years old or seventy-five.It would be on the challenging side for a middle-schooler but it would still be doable, and while it would not be the toughest read for an adult, the material is not so easy that it is boring.There was vocabulary that I was not familiar with but often there was enough explanation where I was able to infer what they were talking about.
The front cover of this book is dark green with a textbook-like illustration of plants and hummingbirds.This is not the most eye-catching design and it makes the reader expect a boring, technical book.The “don’t judge a book by its cover” concept applies here, because I started the book somewhat apathetically but I ended up enjoying it.There are illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that are similar to the one on the cover and they help to introduce the reader to what is coming next.Now that I have read Tropical Nature, the detailed, biological drawings make more sense to me because that is how the book is written.
Although I liked this book, I am still not entirely sure what the authors’ end goal was for it.Perhaps they just wanted to record and share their observations because they have such a great passion for ecology in this biome.Maybe they wanted to share the amazing features of the rainforest in order to peak others’ interest in it too.Whatever the objective, I learned quite a bit from it, especially specific elements that wouldn’t be found in a textbook but rather from a naturalist’s careful observations.I would recommend Tropical Nature to mid-level or advanced readers.They would not need a background in biology or ecology to get something out of this book, but it is definitely geared towards people with an initial interest in the subject.Tropical Nature is an interesting book full of life and endless facets of lowland tropical rainforests that can be appreciated by all types of people.

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  • Title: Tropical Nature
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  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • ISBN: 978-0684187105
  • Release date: 02.01.1987
  • 272 pages
  • Archive include: ePub, PDF, doc, kindle versions