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Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas: Exploration and Conservation of Subterranean Biodiversity (Animal Natural History)

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Speleobiology, the study of cave life, is a relatively new science. The diversity of species that live in caves, springs, and aquifers is just beginning to be documented, and much of the underground world has yet to be explored. The surveys of cave life reported in this book represent an important step forward in understanding the biodiversity of caves in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The project whose research led to the publication of Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas began in the 1970s as a study of Ozark cavefish and expanded to encompass two states and involve a number of research topics and collaborators. The authors and their team donned snorkeling gear, cave suits, and climbing harnesses and descended into caves in Oklahoma and Arkansas to study, inventory, and photograph this hidden world.

The result is a comprehensive checklist of the regions cave fauna, complete with descriptions of these rare animals distribution and ecological niches. The cast of characters ranges from familiar and charismatic species, such as cave crayfish and gray bats, to rare and bizarre fauna, such as blind salamanders and cave dung beetles. More than 175 full-color illustrations include stunning, never-before-seen photographs (from the cameras of Dave Bunnel, Tim Ernst, and Danté B. Fenolio, among others)of cave animals—even some newly discovered species. The authors also address conservation of subterranean biodiversity, discussing not only threats to cave life such as invasive species, resource extraction, and habitat loss, but also current methods of preservation and protection, including legislation, land acquisition, people management, and cave gates. The books appendices provide a comprehensive cave bibliography and checklists of subterranean animals for each cave.

Speleology is critical to science. Subterranean organisms are key indicators of groundwater quality, and their adaptations can lead to advances in medicine. Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas advances our knowledge of, and can thus help us save, subterranean ecosystems—among the worlds last frontiers.

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Conservation biologist Graening (California State U.-Sacramento), photographer and amphibian conservation scientist Danté B. Fenolio (Atlanta Botanical Garden), and Ozark Karst program director Michael E. Slay (Ozark Highlands office of The Nature Conservancy) summarize subterranean biological resources in the two states. They discuss the subterranean biodiversity project, subterranean habitats, fauna found under Oklahoma and Arkansas, biodiversity estimates and patterns, and conservation. Excellent photographs are included of some pretty bizarre creatures as well as many common ones. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Speleobiology, the study of cave life, is a relatively new science. The diversity of species that live in caves, springs, and aquifers is just beginning to be documented, and much of the underground world has yet to be explored. The surveys of cave life reported in this book represent an important step forward in understanding the biodiversity of caves in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

About the Author

Conservation biologist G. O. Graening teaches at California State University, Sacramento, and is founder of Natural Investigations Company, an environmental consulting firm.
Dante B. Fenolio is a wildlife photographer and directs the conservation program at the San Antonio Zoo.
Michael E. Slay is Ozark Karst program director with the Ozark Highlands office of The Nature Conservancy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806142234
Author:
Graening, G. O.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Slay, Michael E.
Author:
Graening, G.O.
Author:
Fenolio, Dante B.
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
CAVE
Subject:
Spelunking
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Animal Natural History Series
Series Volume:
10
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
175 color and 4 bandw illus., 12 maps
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Science and Mathematics » Biology » Biological Diversity
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Zoology » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Earth Sciences
Science and Mathematics » Physics

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Speleobiology, the study of cave life, is a relatively new science. The diversity of species that live in caves, springs, and aquifers is just beginning to be documented, and much of the underground world has yet to be explored. The surveys of cave life reported in this book represent an important step forward in understanding the biodiversity of caves in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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