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Costa Rican Ecosystems$
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Maarten Kappelle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226121505

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226121642.001.0001

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Costa Rica’s Ecosystems: Setting the Stage

Costa Rica’s Ecosystems: Setting the Stage

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Costa Rican Ecosystems

Maarten Kappelle

University of Chicago Press

Due to its status as one of the most species-rich countries in the world, and its small size relative to similarly rich countries, Costa Rica may justly be considered the world’s most species-dense country. Rather than follow a technical or clinical approach with a hierarchical categorization of ecosystems, Costa Rica’s dense ecology is explored in a “journey-wise” sequence that provides familiarity and understanding of the country’s full, varied range of intergrading seascapes and landscapes. The book begins with three introductory chapters focusing on Costa Rica’s climate, geology, and soils to provide an understanding of the medium in which its ecology has developed, and then proceeds with a presentation of each of the country’s ecosystems. This introductory chapter outlines the project and organization of the book, and gives background information on the history of conservation and ecological study in Costa Rica.

Keywords:   Costa Rica, ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, ecosystem

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