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Ecological Studies

Cave Ecology

Editors: Moldovan, Oana Teodora, Kováč, Ľubomír, Halse, Stuart (Eds.)

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  • Explores the most amazing hotspots of biodiversity in terms of endemics and vulnerability
  • Offers simple definitions, clear explanations of the current state of knowledge, new theories, and informed opinions on future research directions
  • Provides readers with in-depth insights into general ecological processes
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Cave organisms are the ‘monsters’ of the underground world and studying them invariably raises interesting questions about the ways evolution has equipped them to survive in permanent darkness and low-energy environments. Undertaking ecological studies in caves and other subterranean habitats is not only challenging because they are difficult to access, but also because the domain is so different from what we know from the surface, with no plants at the base of food chains and with a nearly constant microclimate year-round.
The research presented here answers key questions such as how a constant environment can produce the enormous biodiversity seen below ground, what adaptations and peculiarities allow subterranean organisms to thrive, and how they are affected by the constraints of their environment. This book is divided into six main parts, which address: the habitats of cave animals; their complex diversity; the environmental factors that support that diversity; individual case studies of cave ecosystems; and of the conservation challenges they face; all of which culminate in proposals for future research directions. Given its breadth of coverage, it offers an essential reference guide for graduate students and established researchers alike.


Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cave Ecology
Editors
  • Oana Teodora Moldovan
  • Ľubomír Kováč
  • Stuart Halse
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
235
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98852-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98852-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98850-4
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 545
Number of Illustrations
52 b/w illustrations, 58 illustrations in colour
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