The Ecozones of the World

The Ecological Divisions of the Geosphere

  • Jürgen Schultz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. General: the treatment of the ecozones and global overviews of selected characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. Pages 7-10
    3. Pages 11-15
    4. Pages 17-19
    5. Pages 21-33
    6. Pages 55-59
  3. Regional section: The individual ecozones

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Pages 63-82
    3. Pages 83-101
    4. Pages 103-122
    5. Pages 123-139
    6. Pages 193-214
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 237-252

About this book


Recent studies have greatly contributed to a better understanding of the earth's ecosystem. This abundantly illustrated book provides a fundamental introduction to the ecological zones of the geosphere. Nine terrestrial ecozones have been distinguished and described in individual chapters with respect to: distribution, climate, relief/hydrology, soil vegetation/animal lifeand land use. The first chapter provides the reader with a general introduction to each subject area.

The second edition is a competely revised and updated version. A large number of new Anglo-American ecological studies are included.  The book also includes more than 70 new figures and tables and detailed maps on global agricultural regions and soil classification. Another new feature is the discussion of the correlation between northern ecosystems and the carbon dioxide balance in the global atmosphere.


Oxide Relief classification ecosystem ecosystems hydrology vegetation

Authors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Schultz
    • 1
  1. 1.Geographisches Institut Rheinisch-WestfälischeTechnische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)AachenGermany

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