Ken Miyata. Sarah Landry Illustrator. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 29th by Touchstone first published March 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Tropical Nature , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Seventeen marvelous essays introducing the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.A lively, lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. E. O. Wilson Tropical Nature is superior by virtue of its freshness and authority. It is an account of the extraordinary richness of the tropical forests by two gifted.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 19, photonslave rated it it was amazing. This book is written by two biologists who spent a lot of time in the tropical rain forests of central and south America. Each chapter in the book is dedicated to a different subject in the forests, and can be read independently. Anyone who is curious about the nature world , would be thrilled by this book that explains the intricate world under the canopy of tropical forests in a very interesting manner.
Although the book does not have many illustrations, the lucid, and vivid prose makes up for This book is written by two biologists who spent a lot of time in the tropical rain forests of central and south America. Although the book does not have many illustrations, the lucid, and vivid prose makes up for it. Thanks to this book, my my limited knowledge of tropical world quadrupled- partly because of the content in the book, and partly because it evoked so much curiosity that I ended up googling and reading more about some subjects.
A must read for anyone who loves and cares about the natural world! Written by two biologists, Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata, it contains field work observations that they did both on their own and together. The New World tropics are teeming with thousands of species, and those exploring it will maintain an enthusiasm that does not cease, as this book conveys. For example, the tropical rainforest receives steady amounts of sunlight throughout the year due to its position on Earth, preventing the temperature from fluctuating much, whereas in the midlatitudes, this is not the case.
It also goes over how, despite the overall abundance of rain, there are still dry seasons that affect the vegetation and animals. This book covers everything from soil fertility to hallucinogenic plants and insects.
In order to effectively explain the patterns of the rainforest plants and animals, it talks about productivity and the cycling of nutrients. Due to the climate, the fungi flourishes and speeds up the decomposition of litter on the forest floor.
Because of this rapid digestive process, there is not much accumulation of organic matter or surplus of nutrients. Other chapters reference evolutionary processes such as how epiphytes often grow on trees in order to reach the sunlight or how butterflies and moths have eye-like spots to scare away predators.
One particularly interesting part was about plant reproduction and how plants in the rainforest have evolved to attract certain pollinators. Some of these plants produce profound effects on the consumer such as hallucinations or death. The seventeen chapters each focus on a specific part of the rainforest and its interworkings within the rest of the ecosystem. Tropical Nature shows how intertwined the rainforest is, with symbiotic relationships, constant evolution, and the highest diversity in the world.
All life in the tropical rainforest depends on each other and the ecological processes that are continually occurring. I found Tropical Nature to be an interesting read.
At first, I thought the material was going to be a little dry, just because it is nonfiction and there are some technical biological terms. However, the authors artfully put forward their observations in a way that is accessible to more than just people with a science background; Forsyth and Miyata build a story into their ecological findings. For instance, when talking about plant reproduction, instead of merely stating the necessary means, they compare it to courtship, which is something that is very relatable to us. Another thing I liked about this book is how they throw in a bit about conservation and the human impact on rainforests, despite it being a thirty year-old book.
Reading Tropical Nature definitely made me want to visit a rainforest sometime in my life because it showed me all the tiny details that are so remarkable but often overlooked. I even have a new appreciation for termites and beetles and all the work that they do, and it is obvious that the authors have a deep understanding of their importance, along with all the other minute organisms as well. It would be on the challenging side for a middle-schooler but it would still be doable, and while it would not be the toughest read for an adult, the material is not so easy that it is boring.
There was vocabulary that I was not familiar with but often there was enough explanation where I was able to infer what they were talking about. The front cover of this book is dark green with a textbook-like illustration of plants and hummingbirds.
This is not the most eye-catching design and it makes the reader expect a boring, technical book. There are illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that are similar to the one on the cover and they help to introduce the reader to what is coming next. Now that I have read Tropical Nature, the detailed, biological drawings make more sense to me because that is how the book is written.
Perhaps they just wanted to record and share their observations because they have such a great passion for ecology in this biome. I would recommend Tropical Nature to mid-level or advanced readers. They would not need a background in biology or ecology to get something out of this book, but it is definitely geared towards people with an initial interest in the subject.
Tropical Nature is an interesting book full of life and endless facets of lowland tropical rainforests that can be appreciated by all types of people. Dec 09, Grace Di Cecco rated it really liked it Shelves: spring The essays on particular ecological case studies are engaging and entertaining, though the obligate call to action at the end is slightly outdated see Breakfasts of Biodiversity for a more thorough, current assessment of conservation strategies in the tropics.
Dec 15, Jeremy rated it it was amazing. Tropical Nature is a must read for anyone planning an adventure to the tropics. Forsyth and Miyata do a wonderful job explaining the various aspects of tropical forests and what to expect when venturing in them. They avoid giving an overwhelming description of ecological systems, while providing just the right amount of information regarding the basic principles. Containing enough information to help any ill-experienced traveler make sense of the world around them while abroad. Chapters are neat Tropical Nature is a must read for anyone planning an adventure to the tropics.
Chapters are neatly divided into discussions concerning the significant features of tropical forests. Plants, fungi, insects, and animals are all discussed, however there is greater emphasis on the floral characteristics of tropical nature. This is somewhat fitting, because when you actually visit a tropical forest there is an abundance of plant diversity and animals are few and far between. I highly recommend this book.
It reads rather quickly and is full of interesting examples which are based on observations made by the authors while working in the tropics. Read and think about what you can do to help preserve these fascinating environments that are slowly being degraded by increased human activity. Oct 06, Reyna Ashari rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the first time I opened this book in , I was fascinated with their description about tropical lowland rain forest in Central and South America.
I am from Indonesia, we also have tropical lowland rainforest and this book provides a clear explanation of what is happening in the forest, both in America and Indonesia. Read this, you will enjoy this book. Trust me.
I read this for the first time in My English was terrible at that time, so I didn't finish it. Then I read From the first time I opened this book in , I was fascinated with their description about tropical lowland rain forest in Central and South America.
burrow18ref.dev3.develag.com/sitemap.xml Then I read it again in Half done. In , I read it again. Finished it in one month my English still terrible though. In , I will read this book again. Jan 07, Sue Sipprelle rated it it was amazing. Amazing book to read while on a trip to the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The book complements and sets in a complex, comprehensible context the fantastic biodiversity of the rain forest and its inhabitants.
Jul 02, Michaela rated it really liked it. This book was better than I expected. It had the scientific information, but was narrated from a naturalist's perspective and musings.