Vietnam: A Natural History
Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Nature - 448 pages
A country uncommonly rich in plants, animals, and natural habitats, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam shelters a significant portion of the world’s biological diversity, including rare and unique organisms and an unusual mixture of tropical and temperate species. This book is the first comprehensive account of Vietnam’s natural history in English. Illustrated with maps, photographs, and thirty-five original watercolor illustrations, the book offers a complete tour of the country’s plants and animals along with a full discussion of the factors shaping their evolution and distribution.
Separate chapters focus on northern, central, and southern Vietnam, regions that encompass tropics, subtropics, mountains, lowlands, wetland and river regions, delta and coastal areas, and offshore islands. The authors provide detailed descriptions of key natural areas to visit, where a traveler might explore limestone caves or glimpse some of the country’s twenty-seven monkey and ape species and more than 850 bird species. The book also explores the long history of humans in the country, including the impact of the Vietnam-American War on plants and animals, and describes current efforts to conserve Vietnam’s complex, fragile, and widely threatened biodiversity.
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2 Humans and the Environment
3 Biogeography of Vietnam
4 Vietnams Living Environments
5 The Fauna of Vietnam
Termination of the Himalayas
From Wet Mountains to Dry Forests
Ascendancy of the Mekong
9 Threats to Vietnams Biodiversity
The Future of Vietnams Living World
Appendix 1 Ethnic groups and their distribution in Vietnam
Appendix 2 Endemic and restrictedrange mammals and birds in Vietnam
Appendix 3 New terrestrial vertebrates described from Vietnam 19922004
Appendix 4 New plant genera described from Vietnam 19922004
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