By R. J. Hobbs, D. M. Richardson, G. W. Davis (auth.), Dr. George W. Davis, Dr. David M. Richardson (eds.)
Human actions are inflicting species extinctions at a cost and significance rivaling these of earlier geologic extinction occasions.
Exploring mediterranean-type ecosystems - the Mediterranean Basin, California, Chile, Australia, and South Africa - this quantity addresses the query even if organic variety performs an important function within the functioning of ordinary ecosystems, and to what quantity that range could be decreased with out inflicting procedure malfunction. Comparative experiences in ecosystems which are related in definite respects, yet range in others, supply massive scope for gaining new insights into the hyperlinks among biodiversity and atmosphere functioning.