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Field Guide to the Piedmont: The Natural Habitats of America's Most Lived-In Region, from New York City to Montgomery, Alabama

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America's most populous region is also home to some of the nation's most serenely beautiful country. Tracing a gentle, thousand-mile curve from New York City southwestward to Montgomery, Alabama, the Piedmont connects an arc of urban centers which includes five state capitals, America's largest city, and the national capital. Between the Atlantic coastal plain and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont's rolling hills span miles of farmland and forest. Michael Godfrey's Field Guide to the Piedmont—originally published by Sierra Club Books and here newly revised and updated—is an informative and entertaining guide to the entire region's habitats, ecosystems, and rich botanical communities.

Focusing on plant succession, geology, soils, climate, and the plants and animals with which we share the land, Field Guide to the Piedmont also features 180 illustrations for easy identification of the Piedmont's principal flora and fauna. A chapter describing and providing directions to over fifty sites of special interest will inspire Piedmont residents to take this field guide in hand and explore their natural surroundings.

Synopsis:

Michael Godfrey's Field Guide to the Piedmont - originally published by Sierra Club Books and here newly revised and updated - is an informative and entertaining guide to the entire region's habitats, ecosystems, and rich botanical communities. Focusing on plant succession, geology, soils, climate, and the plants and animals with which we share the land, Field Guide to the Piedmont also features 180 illustrations for easy identification of the Piedmont's principal flora and fauna. A chapter describing and providing directions to over fifty sites of special interest will inspire Piedmont residents to take this field guide in hand and explore their natural surroundings.

Synopsis:

The Piedmont connects an arc of urban centers from New York City to Montgomery, Alabama, and includes the national capital. Focusing on plant succession, geology, soils, climate, and the plants and animals with which we share the land, this book is an informative guide to the region's habitats, ecosytems, and rich botanical communities. It features 180 illustrations identifying principal flora and fauna. Size A. 536 pp.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 495-497) and index.

About the Author

Raised in the Piedmont of Virginia, Michael Godfrey is a natural history writer and filmmaker who now lives in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Albert E. Radford

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I/The Piedmont Defined

Chapter One—Geography

Beneath the Surface

The Primal Piedmont

Succession

Chapter Two—Weather and Climate

Temperature

Moisture

Effectiveness

Winds and Landforms

Climatic History

Microclimate

Effects of Climate on Life Forms

PART II/Cultivated Lands

Chapter Three—Farmlands

Row Crops

Hayfields

•Animals of Hayfields

Pastures

•Animals of Pastures

Microcommunities

PART III/Lands in Succession

Chapter Four—Plant Succession

The Terminology of Succession

The Effects of Drainage on Succession

Historical Perspective

Abandoned Farmland

Piedmont Succession Stages

Chapter Five—The Mesosere: Habitats on Well-Drained Soils

The Herbaceous Phase

•Animals of the Herbaceous Phase

Mesic Woody Succession

•Animals of the Mesic Woody Succession

The Growing Forest

•Animals of the Growing Forest

The Mature Forest

•Animals of the Mature Forest

Chapter Six—The Xerosere: Dry Soil Habitats

The Herbaceous Phase

Xeric Woody Succession

The Growing Forest

The Mature Forest

Animals of the Xerosere

Chapter Seven—The Hydrosere: Wet Soil Habitats

Flowing Water: The Lotic Habitats

The Alluvial Forest

The Swamp Forest

•Animals of the Lotic Habitats

Still Water: The Lentic Habitats

•Animals of the Lentic Habitats

PART IV/Special Places

Chapter Eight—Outstanding or Representative Botanical Communities

Granitic Outcrops

Non-Granitic Outcrops

Serpentine Barrens

Unique Gymnosperm Communities

Unique Deciduous Habitats

The Glaciated Piedmont

Appendices

Selected Lepidoptera of the Piedmont

Reptiles of the Piedmont

Amphibians of the Piedmont

Selected Birds of the Piedmont

Mammals of the Piedmont

Illustrations of Selected Piedmont Plants

by Habitat

Common Names of Selected Piedmont Plants

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846711
Author:
Godfrey, Michael A.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Guidebooks
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
United States - Northeast - General
Subject:
United States - South - General
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Piedmont (U.S. : Region) Guidebooks.
Subject:
Piedmont
Subject:
nature; ecology; Atlantic piedmont/ Blue Ridge Mountains; botanical communities; ecosystems; plant succession; geology; soils; climate; plants; animals; flora; fauna; A Chapel Hill Book
Subject:
Natural history - Piedmont (U.S.: Region) -
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Atlantic piedmont/ Blue Ridge Mountains
Subject:
botanical communities
Subject:
Ecosystems
Subject:
Plant succession.
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Soils
Subject:
Climate
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Flora
Subject:
Fauna
Subject:
A Chapel Hill Book
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Series:
Chapel Hill Books
Series Volume:
v.22-23
Publication Date:
October 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
536
Dimensions:
8 x 4.5 in
Age Level:
18-18

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Product details 536 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807846711 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Michael Godfrey's Field Guide to the Piedmont - originally published by Sierra Club Books and here newly revised and updated - is an informative and entertaining guide to the entire region's habitats, ecosystems, and rich botanical communities. Focusing on plant succession, geology, soils, climate, and the plants and animals with which we share the land, Field Guide to the Piedmont also features 180 illustrations for easy identification of the Piedmont's principal flora and fauna. A chapter describing and providing directions to over fifty sites of special interest will inspire Piedmont residents to take this field guide in hand and explore their natural surroundings.
"Synopsis" by , The Piedmont connects an arc of urban centers from New York City to Montgomery, Alabama, and includes the national capital. Focusing on plant succession, geology, soils, climate, and the plants and animals with which we share the land, this book is an informative guide to the region's habitats, ecosytems, and rich botanical communities. It features 180 illustrations identifying principal flora and fauna. Size A. 536 pp.
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