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This book describes the structure and function of life and the environment in polar tundra and tundra-like terrestrial alpine ecosystems in various parts of the world. Polar and alpine tundra have many similarities, but also differences. Particularly when moving towards the equator, high mountains show strong differences from polar regions. However, the similarities justify the presentation of polar and alpine tundra in the same volume. This volume is unique in its comprehensive coverage on all aspects of polar and alpine tundra. The extensive Russian chapters contain information previously not available in the west.
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(D.A. Walker, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)
Wielgolaski's book comes at a particularly good time as we move from regional to circumpolar and global perspectives of tundra environments. The wide geographic scope, the generally excellent chapters, extensive bibliographies, and superb indices (taxonomic, author, and general subject indices) make this the closes thing to a tundra encyclopedia that we have.
Artic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, Vol. 32/1
(M. Price, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth, UK)
This is a remarkable work in many ways, bringing together global experts to produce a state-of-the-art volume on the world's tundra ecosystems.
The editor is to be commended on the significant effort involved in coordinating the production of this monumental work, which has excellent systematic and general indexes.
Mountain Research & Development, Vol. 20, No. 4
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