xviii, 355 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
This is the first publication to cover all tidal marsh information in a single volume. A major compendium of existing knowledge of both the ecology and management of tidal marshes by leading experts, this book presents important coverage of interconnectedness of marsh, plants, marine organisms, soils and geology, energy and money flow, and legal and management effects on the system. The authors emphasize that nature provided a free service that can either be maintained. And enhanced or destroyed and lost forever. Management strategies are included that are needed to effect improvement.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction: the intertidal marshes of Florida's Gulf Coast / Clay L. Montague and Howard T. Odum Setting and functions / Clay L. Montague and Howard T. Odum Geology and geomorphology / Frank R. Rupert and Jonathan D. Arthur Soils / Charles L. Coultas Vegetation / Andre F. Clewell Aboveground net primary productivity of vascular plants / Yuch-Ping Hsieh Fishes and invertebrates / William L. Kruczynski and Barbara F. Ruth Terrestrial arthropods / Jorge R. Rey and Earl D. McCoy EMERGY evaluation of Florida salt marsh and its contribution to economic wealth / Howard T. Odum and Douglas A. Hornbeck Marginal value of coastal wetlands to Florida's commercial fisheries / Frederick W. Bell and Gary D. Lynne Wetland values and valuing wetlands / Clyde F. Kiker and Gary D. Lynne Legal protection / Richard Hamann and John Tucker Management / Kenneth D. Haddad and Edwin A. Joyce, Jr. Appendix A: Terrestrial vertebrates of Florida's Gulf Coast tidal marshes / Michael D. Hubbard and C.S. Gidden Appendix B: The aquatic insects of northern Florida's Gulf Coast tidal marshes / Michael D. Hubbard.