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"This volume contains the main results of 20 years of fieldwork in the northwest Caucasus. … it can serve as a solid basis for further research and monitoring in alpine environments … . The book combines a comprehensive overview with the results of in-depth research. … the volume may be recommended for all interested in the Caucasus and in high mountain ecology in general, as it presents a rich diversity of scientific approaches to the study of relevant topics." (Jörg Stadelbauer, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 25 (3), 2005)