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Messages from IslandsA Global Biodiversity Tour$
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Ilkka Hanski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226406305

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226406589.001.0001

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Species and Where They Live (p.1)

(p.xiv) 1 Biodiversity
Messages from Islands

Ilkka Hanski

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the biological diversity in the Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak based on an expedition to Borneo on March 22, 1978. Gunung Mulu, a region of virgin forests on steep mountain slopes, is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is famous for its caves, bats, and karst formations in the limestone mountains surrounding Gunung Mulu itself. An important facet of biodiversity is diversity of habitats and ecosystems, which set the living conditions for all the creatures inhabiting them, from microbes to plants and animals. The chapter reflects on experience while doing research on the biodiversity of dung beetles in Gunung Mulu. It discusses species richness and ecosystems in the past 500 million years, the current habitats and ecosystems, and patterns in the distribution of biodiversity on Earth.

Keywords:   biological diversity, Gunung Mulu National Park, virgin forests, biodiversity, habitats, ecosystems, dung beetles, species richness, species, Borneo

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