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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 Rican Ecosystems: A Brief Summary

Costa Rican Ecosystems: A Brief Summary

(p.709) Chapter 21 Costa Rican Ecosystems: A Brief Summary
Costa Rican Ecosystems

Maarten Kappelle

University of Chicago Press

The present volume, Costa Rican Ecosystems, offers an extensive panorama of the main terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems that inhabit the small tropical country of Costa Rica. In this closing chapter, a summary of Costa Rica’s main ecosystems is given, using the preceding chapters as its foundation. It tries to offer the reader a synopsis of Costa Rica’s overwhelming diversity of life at the highest organizational level: the ecosystem. Hence, this chapter touches briefly upon alpha, beta and gamma levels of biodiversity, and points out some of the main ecological processes that act at the interface of species and their environment. The previous chapters are distilled, resulting in an outline of the most important features of the marine, lowland, highland, wetland ecosystems that are more deeply explored in their corresponding chapters.

Keywords:   Costa Rica, ecosystems, lowlands, highlands, wetlands, Páramos, cloud, rain, dry, forests

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