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An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests Paperback – 26 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (26 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198501471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198501473
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A greater awareness has led to bolder initiatives emerging to promote sustainable management of these forests, such as the rapidly approaching Year 2000 Objective set by the ITTO. The most significant changes in this edition address these issues with an extra chapter added, focusing on management for sustainability. ... In the end this excellant book is positive that a sustainable balance might be struck before the forests disappear. Tim Baker/East African Wilde Life Society/Afr. Jr. Ecol.,38, 93-94

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Timothy Charles Whitmore, Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge, England CB2 3EN.

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By Melissa Craig on 27 Jan 2014
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A really useful book. I have used this for literature references in many papers. I definitely recommend this book to all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to tropical rainforest 29 April 2008
By Damon Andrew Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a good general introduction to the tropical rainforest of the world. It includes sections on plants, ecology, convergent evolution, and human use. It has some black and white photographs and 'classic' diagrams and graphs. It's technical level is probably that of early university ecology. (It is obviously good, as someone has knocked my copy off!)
Damon Ramsey, author of "Rainforest of tropical Australia"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great book on tropical rainforests. 3 May 2011
By Isaac Ho - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a copy of this book. I known the author, the late Dr. Timothy Whitmore for more than three years in the 1970s. He was then a Colombo Plan Botanist assigned to the Forest Research Institute, Kepong, Malaysia. I was then the Institute's photographer. Whitmore would often ask me to accompany him to explore the forests to take photographs of trees and plants. I am experienced in available light photography in the dim and dense forests and this expertise have come to good use with Whitmore which he appreciated. Whitmore's classic introduction to the tropical rain forest has been unique and comprehensively revised and updated, reflecting the changes which have taken place since it was first published in 1990. His grasp of the uniqueness of the tropical rain forest is thorough and knowledgeable. I spent three years with him, on and off, exploring this fascinating region of forest in the tropics which is in the danger of being destroyed by commercial timber exploitation, especially in Sarawak and Sabah. Whitmore and myself explored the northern forested region of Malaysia in 1968, known as the Kemahang Storm Forest, in which the matured trees had a strange bend some 30 feet above the ground. Then our party proceeded to the Sg. Geolok River which serves as the international boundary between Thailand and Malaysia. There, we were surprised to find elephants hauling logs. I photographed the entire process. Later, Whitmore and myself, wrote an article concerning these working elephants in hauling logs and it appeared in an issue of the official Malaysian Forester journal. I highly recommend this book to students of nature as well as forestry.
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Dissappointed 29 April 2012
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This is a basic text book. I wanted it as a reference. I care for books and try to maintain them in my professional library. I absolutely detest highlighting and underlining and thus selected the description that did not mention highlighting. Sadly, the book is full of highlights and underlining making virtually useless. It is very difficult to use books this way.

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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
this book was very enriching and enlightening, spiritual 9 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a book that helped me gain knowledge but it also made me want to go out and explore it, it was fabulous Icould hardly put it down and it helped a lot with my research paper. Thanks
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