Geobotany

Vegetation Dynamics of Mongolia

Editors: Gunin, P.D., Vostokova, E.A., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Tarasov, P.E., Black, C.C. (Eds.)

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Mongolia is an expansive land-locked country, tilted by tectonic forces to the North, that experiences extremes of continental climate. Moisture-carrying wind currents are scarce so that the land has extended highs and lows in its environment. Culturally the people are mostly nomadic, having been sustained for centuries by an economy based on domestic livestock grazing. There is a saying that, `As the noses go, so goes Mongolia', referring to the domesticated grazing noses of sheep, goats, camels, yaks or horses, and wild ungulates such as gazelles. The vast fenceless steppes of Mongolia furnish the vegetation for grazing. With such extremes in climate it is clear that the vegetation must be resilient and dynamic to cope with the dictates of its extremely harsh environments.
Pollen profiles from lakes, plant macrofossils and other data over the last 15,000 years show the dynamic nature of Mongolian vegetation. Currently Mongolian society is experiencing much human-driven economic development which increases pressure on its vegetation. The Great Khural Laws of 1995 forcefully addressed such environmental concerns with the expanded establishment of National Reserves and Parks. But continued effort and vigilance must be expended to insure that Mongolian society will continue to be sustained by its vegetation. This book highlights work such as conserving and restoring plant diversity in various ecosystems and makes recommendations for sustaining the vegetation basis of the nomadic Mongolian society.

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`...clearly an important and significant work... should provide a stimulus for further work on Mongolian vegetation across all timescales. It is required reading for anyone contemplating work in the region.'
The Holocene, 10 (2000)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction to Studies on the Vegetation of Mongolia

    Gunin, Peter D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • Natural and Anthropogenic Factors and the Dynamics of Vegetation Distribution in Mongolia

    Gunin, Peter D. (et al.)

    Pages 7-43

  • Late Quaternary Vegetation History of Mongolia

    Gunin, Peter D. (et al.)

    Pages 45-77

  • Assessing Present-Day Plant Cover Dynamics

    Gunin, Peter D. (et al.)

    Pages 79-129

  • Analysis of Present-Day Vegetation Dynamics

    Gunin, Peter D. (et al.)

    Pages 131-164

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eBook $229.00
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Hardcover $289.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vegetation Dynamics of Mongolia
Editors
  • P.D. Gunin
  • Elizabeth A. Vostokova
  • Nadezhda I. Dorofeyuk
  • Pavel E. Tarasov
  • Clanton C. Black
Series Title
Geobotany
Series Volume
26
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9143-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9143-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5582-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5174-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 240
Number of Illustrations and Tables
85 b/w illustrations
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