Volume 198 2008

Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador

ISBN: 978-3-540-73525-0 (Print) 978-3-540-73526-7 (Online)

Table of contents (43 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii

  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-13

      The Ecosystem (Reserva Biológica San Francisco)

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      Pages 15-23

      Mountain Rain Forests in Southern Ecuador as a Hotspot of Biodiversity – Limited Knowledge and Diverging Patterns

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      Pages 25-36

      The People Settled Around Podocarpus National Park

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      Pages 37-40

      Ecuador Suffers the Highest Deforestation Rate in South America

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      Pages 41-47

      Methodological Challenges of a Megadiverse Ecosystem

  3. Gradients in Ecosystem Analysis

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      Pages 49-54

      Investigating Gradients in Ecosystem Analysis

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      Pages 55-62

      The Investigated Gradients

  4. The Altitudinal Gradient

    1. Gradual Changes Along the Altitudinal Gradient

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        Pages 63-73

        Climate

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        Pages 75-85

        Soils Along the Altitudinal Transect and in Catchments

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        Pages 87-100

        Flora and Fungi: Composition and Function

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        Pages 101-111

        Flora and Fungi: Composition and Function

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        Pages 113-121

        Flora and Fungi: Composition and Function

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        Pages 123-135

        Flora and Fungi: Composition and Function

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        Pages 137-148

        Flora and Fungi: Composition and Function

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        Pages 149-156

        Fauna: Composition and Function

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        Pages 157-165

        Fauna: Composition and Function

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        Pages 167-179

        Fauna: Composition and Function

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        Pages 181-192

        Fauna: Composition and Function

      Processes Along and Within the Gradient

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        Pages 193-201

        Water Relations

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        Pages 203-215

        Nutrient Status and Fluxes at the Field and Catchment Scale

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