The Resource Krakatau : the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem, Ian Thornton

Krakatau : the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem, Ian Thornton

Label
Krakatau : the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem
Title
Krakatau
Title remainder
the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem
Statement of responsibility
Ian Thornton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On August 27, 1883, the island of Krakatau in the Sunda Strait near Java erupted with a force nearly ten thousand times that of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Two-thirds of the island disappeared. When the pall of ash lifted, the toll in human lives stood at nearly 37,000 and more than 160 villages had been wiped away without a trace. All plant and animal life on Krakatau was obliterated. Nine months after the explosion, a French expedition searching for signs of life discovered a single spider that had crossed to the island on a balloon of silk. Life had returned to Krakatau. Scientists have been studying the island ever since. After the eruption, Krakatau provided a unique opportunity to study the colonization of a sterile area by plants and animals across a sea barrier and the gradual incorporation of the newcomers into the developing ecosystem. Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem is a comprehensive account of the reassembly of a tropical forest ecosystem over the past century. Ian Thornton tackles the many questions and controversies surrounding the eruption and its aftermath. He writes, "The natural healing process has followed the most extreme form of ecological destruction possible, total biological extirpation. Yet the islands surviving the 1883 eruption are covered in secondary forest, and over 200 species of plants, 70 species of vertebrates, and thousands of invertebrate species now inhabit these forests."
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thornton, I. W. B.
Dewey number
574.5/267/095982
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
QH186
LC item number
.T49 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Island ecology
  • Krakatoa (Indonesia)
  • Krakatoa (Indonesia)
Label
Krakatau : the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem, Ian Thornton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-327) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. One Touch of Nature -- 2. The Day That Shook the World -- 3. The Great Enigmas of 1883 -- 4. Why Krakatau? -- 5. Life Returns -- 6. The "Krakatau Problem" -- 7. Arrival -- 8. Krakatau's Child -- 9. Community Enrichment -- 10. Divergence of the Forests -- 11. Life on an Active Volcano -- 12. Krakatau and Island Biogeography -- 13. Community Assembly: Lottery or Jigsaw Puzzle? -- 14. The Human Presence, Past and Future
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 346 pages
Isbn
9780674505681
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95004922
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
  • 95004922
  • (WaOLN)09790069
Label
Krakatau : the destruction and reassembly of an island ecosystem, Ian Thornton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-327) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. One Touch of Nature -- 2. The Day That Shook the World -- 3. The Great Enigmas of 1883 -- 4. Why Krakatau? -- 5. Life Returns -- 6. The "Krakatau Problem" -- 7. Arrival -- 8. Krakatau's Child -- 9. Community Enrichment -- 10. Divergence of the Forests -- 11. Life on an Active Volcano -- 12. Krakatau and Island Biogeography -- 13. Community Assembly: Lottery or Jigsaw Puzzle? -- 14. The Human Presence, Past and Future
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 346 pages
Isbn
9780674505681
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95004922
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
  • 95004922
  • (WaOLN)09790069

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