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1. Wetlands
2. Wetlands
3. Aquatic and Wetland Plants of
4. What Are Wetlands? (Science of
5. A Naturalist's Guide to Wetland
6. A Wetland Habitat (Introducing
7. Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A
8. Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving
9. Biogeochemistry of Wetlands: Science
10. Plants of Central Texas Wetlands
11. The Louisiana Coast: Guide to
12. Wetland Design: Principles and
13. America's Wetlands: Guide to Plants
14. Wetlands: Soggy Habitat (Amazing
15. Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine
16. About Habitats: Wetlands (About...)
17. Wetland Ecosystems
18. Wetlands Explained: Wetland Science,
19. Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment
20. A Great Lakes Wetland Flora (Second

1. Wetlands
by William J. Mitsch, James G. Gosselink
Hardcover: 600 Pages (2007-08-24)
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Asin: 0471699675
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Praise for the previous editions of Wetlands:

"Wetlands, the field of study, would not be what it is without Wetlands, the book."
——Bill Streever, Wetlands, 2001

"The Third Edition of this highly successful book manages to set new standards in presentation and content to confirm its place as the first point of reference for those working or studying wetlands."
——Chris Bradley, University of Birmingham, UK, Regulated Rivers: Research and Management

"This book is the wetlands bible...the most wide-ranging [book] on the subject."
——Carl Folke, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Land Use Policy

"The single best combination text and reference book on wetland ecology."
——Joseph S. Larson, University of Massachusetts, Journal of Environmental Quality

"First on my list of references to recommend to someone new to wetland policy management or science."
——Jay A. Leitch, North Dakota State University, Water Resources Bulletin

For more than two decades, William Mitsch and James Gosselink's Wetlands has been the premier reference on wetlands for ecologists, land use planners, and water resource managers worldwide—a comprehensive compendium of the state of knowledge in wetland science, management, and restoration.

Now Mitsch and Gosselink bring their classic book up to date with substantial new information and a streamlined text supplemented with a support web site. This new Fourth Edition maintains the authoritative quality of its predecessors while offering such revisions as:

  • Refocused coverage on the three main parts of the book: 1. An introduction to the extent, definitions, and general features of wetlands of the world; 2. Wetland science; and 3. Wetland management.

  • New chapter on climate change and wetlands that introduces the student to the roles that wetlands have in climate change and impact that climate change has on wetlands.

  • Increased international coverage, including wetlands of Mexico and Central America, the Congolian Swamp and Sine Saloum Delta of Africa, the Western Siberian Lowlands, the Mesopotamian Marshland restoration in Iraq, and the wetland parks of Asia such as Xixi National Wetland Park in eastern China and Gandau Nature Park in Taipei, Taiwan. This expanded coverage is illustrated with over 50 wetland photographs from around the world.

  • Several hundred new refer?ences for further reading, up-to-date data, and the latest research findings.

  • Over 35 new info boxes and sidebars provide essential background information to concepts being presented and case studies of wetland restoration and treatment in practice.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not just a textbook...
I purchased this book for a college class called "Wetland Environments", but it is so much more than just a textbook. It's easy to understand and very informative regarding all things wetlands.I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the topic or natural ecosystems and wildlife management in general.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for learning the basics quickly
This is a good book for the brand new person to wetlands, or the intermediate person who needs a refresher. I am the latter, and I have found that there are new insights or anecdotes in this book that I never knew. Also, I like the figures.

I'm a fan of pictures, and there are not many of those...

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible for Wetland Researchers
This book is a must have for all wetland researchers, managers, scientists, and anyone with a general interest in wetland ecosystems. If I had to choose 1 wetland book, this is it. It is one of THE most popular textbooks for university wetland courses and workshops. I have been a wetland scientist for almost 15 years, and this is one of the books I use on a regular basis, and recommend to all my assistants and students. Wetland researchers will also want to keep in mind that with the release of the 4th edition, this 3rd edition is still a must have in your wetland library. The 4th edition removed all the wetland ecosystem specific chapters that are in this edition, so this edition is far from outdated. Don't choose one over the other! Buy them both :).

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Wetlands
The Mitsch & Gosselink Wetlands 4th edition arrived promptly and in very good condition as was claimed it would by the seller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wetlands is a very useful resource
This book is very helpful in understanding the various aspects and dynamics relating to wetlands. It includes management, legal, and various other topics of importance to wetland biologists, wildlife students or researchers working in wetland delineation or consultation. ... Read more

2. Wetlands
by Charlotte Roche
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-01-19)
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Asin: 0802144691
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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With more than one million copies sold in Germany and rights snapped up in twenty-seven countries, Wetlands is the sexually and anatomically explicit novel that is changing the conversation about female identity and sexuality around the world.
Helen Memel is an outspoken eighteen-year-old, whose childlike stubbornness is offset by a precocious sexual confidence. She begins her story from a hospital bed, where she’s slowly recovering from an operation and lamenting her parents’ divorce. To distract herself, Helen ruminates on her past sexual adventures in increasingly uncomfortable detail, taking the reader on a sensational journey through Helen’s body and mind. Punky alienated teenager, young woman reclaiming her body from the tyranny of repressive hygiene (women mustn’t smell, excrete, desire), bratty smartass, vulnerable, lonely daughter, shock merchant, and pleasure seeker&#8212Helen is all of these things and more, and her frequent attempts to assert her maturity ultimately prove just how fragile, confused, and young she truly is.
As Helen constantly blurs the line between celebration, provocation, and dysfunction in her relationship with her body, Roche exposes the double bind of female sexuality, delivering a compulsively readable and fearlessly intimate manifesto on sex, hygiene, and the repercussions of family trauma.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Wetlands
GROSS!I can handle a book about sex, I can handle filthy language, but the "eating" of everything bodily was DISGUSTING.

5-0 out of 5 stars heals the body but not the soul
by creating a protagonist with nasty and excessive habits, sexual and non-sexual, and a painful physical failing, a character in need or already in the care of a physician, charlotte roche writes a novel philip roth might had written were he a woman in his 30s.

roth somewhere said that everything he writes he strains through the works of kafka, no surprise coming from the novelist who gave us one of his most kafka inspired writings, The Breast.however, in roche's fiction we're not privileged to a transformation.

the body part troubling eighteen year old helen memel is her anus. and not only her hemorrhoids which she describes, as she describes whatever is at hand, in minute detail, but, specifically, an infected lesion inside her anus requiring excision. helen asks robin, her male nurse: 'Do they stretch your [ ] open wide enough to fit multiple hands into it?' 'Yes, I'm afraid so.That will be the source of most of the pain when the anesthesia wears off in a few minutes.'

the operation and aftermath finds her confined to the hospital, mostly her room, mostly her bed, in the theme of kafka's enclosed spaces, where, like portnoy, but without the psychologist, memel pours out her story to an invisible listener, the reader, in a voice reminiscent of salinger's holden caulfield.and like roth's mickey sabbath, helen memel ends her story with an act of transgression without revelation -- unless helen's moment of acceptance that her parents are in control of their own lives suffices as an intimation that childhood has to end; though, i suspect that's not how helen leaves the hospital.

also metaphor, represented by two symbols, helen's tush and her hobby of growing avocado trees, further elevates Wetlands to intelligent fiction.

disgustingly funny.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not that exciting
I read about this book in a magazine and I thought it would have been a fantastic read, however I wish I would have picked another read.I am one of those people who cant start a book without finishing it (cant help it) bad read or not.I could not wait to finish reading this book, next time I will do better research!! Maybe this is a better book for a rebellious teenager Thats all I have to say.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting look into mental illness
Wow... this novel shocked me and at times it was just too much. And yet the one thing that took me a long time to get is that the main character is mentally ill. She has so much going on in her head and this is not simply just a case of teenage rebellion. This is actually someone who is not ok. So just as I was laughing or gasping or dry heaving, I was also very sad.

I am glad I read it and had my thoughts provoked but good god am I glad its over and I can move on and sell the book on ebay.

1-0 out of 5 stars Political Correctness Carries The Day Against a Novel of Little Worth
OK, so women don't have the same choice in pornography as men. Nor do they have the "quality." Charlotte Roche has capitalized on this disparity by claiming feminist rights for Wetlands. It's frank all right; it breaks taboos. But there are taboos worth preserving and "good" porn, literary porn, is characterized by its allusiveness not by its graphic in-your-face-ness. I give you Fanny Hill as an example of what I'm saying. After all, porn is supposed to enhance desire. So, if anything, Wetlands is antiporn. It is more likely to make you sick to your stomach than to titillate.

Right. I'm a man. Roche has attempted to preempt male criticism of Wetlands by announcing that most men find it disgusting. I am honored to be included among men who find Wetlands disgusting. It is relentlessly so. The insubstantial armature that is supposed to sustain the novel, the protagonist's (Helen's) desire to reunite her divorced parents by keeping herself in the hospital after an anal operation is completely incredible. It's just thrown into the mash.

For a short novel, Wetlands seems long, a tribute to the author's ability to prolong the grotesquerie.

But, hey, see for yourself. Don't say, though, that you weren't warned. ... Read more

3. Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast
by Charles D. Stutzenbaker
Paperback: 468 Pages (2010-10-06)
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Asin: 1603442227
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From the preface:

"When the first Spanish and French explorers encountered the western Gulf Coast, they were confronted by an immense and continuous wetland zone that ranged from shallow brackish bays, densely vegetated marshes, and wooded swamps to wet and poorly drained prairies. Early land value assessments were often negative . . . . Today, the original, boundless, and nearly impenetrable wetlands are found in smaller patches, punctuated by levees, ditches, and roadways. There have been major changes in plant distribution and species composition and abundance across the western Gulf Coast."

This book, originally published by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department but unavailable for years, fills a longstanding need for a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to the aquatic and wetland plants of the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Brownsville (including all of the Texas coast).
Charles D. Stutzenbaker, a retired wildlife biologist, describes the habitat requirements, wildlife values, propagation, and management possibilities for more than 200 plants, which are illustrated by pen-and-ink drawings that accompany habitat and scale photographs for field identification. The plants are arranged by growth characteristics, ranging from free-floating aquatics to shrubs, and each plant occupies a handy, two-page spread.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast
This is the best book ever written for identification of fresh and saltwater aquatic and wetland plants along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.

I can't believe that it's out-of-print in paperback as this constitutes a great void in the available knowledge for the growing number of people who are becoming interested in learning about these plants and identifying which ones are valuable to wildlife, and which ones are detrimental.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for the Serious Amateur
I have found this book extremely useful for me an interested amateur with no technical background. I find the book very accessible. The illustrations and photos are very good and the text is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast
For anyone who does wetland delineations in Texas, this book is a must. All the pictures are well detailed, and the descriptions of the flora are first rate. It's an excellent field guide. ... Read more

4. What Are Wetlands? (Science of Living Things)
by Bobbie Kalman, Amanda Bishop
Paperback: 32 Pages (2002-10)
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Asin: 0865059705
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This book is suitable for ages 6-12. The constantly changing ecosystems of salt and freshwater wetlands support an amazing variety of wildlife species. Children will be intrigued by the fascinating animals, such as alligators and hippopotamuses, that depend on wetlands and the ways in which wetland plants and animals depend upon one another. This book also investigates: different types of wetland habitats, including swamps, salt marshes, and flood plains; the many plants and animals that make their home in wetlands; dangers to wetlands and threats to their wildlife; and the function of wetlands in relation to other ecosystems. ... Read more

5. A Naturalist's Guide to Wetland Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America
by Donald D. Cox
Paperback: 168 Pages (2002-08)
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Asin: 0815607407
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellently titled book
This is a great introduction to wetlands ecosystems! This book begins with an introduction to what a wetland ecosystem is and how it works, giving examples of wetlands in various parts of the US. Each type of wetland ecosystem is presented with a list of plants and fungi found there described in moderate detail, including their niche in the ecosystem. Plants and fungi that may have special interest to the reader are examined in more detail at the end of this section. This book also covers the year-round changes in this ecosystem, tips on observation, specimen collection, and on keeping a nature journal. A section at the end of the book offers various activities and investigations that the reader may find interesting and helpful in understanding more about this threatened ecosystem.

This book would be a great read for anyone who is interested in nature, wetlands, or being a naturalist. It is not so detailed that beginners would be overwhelmed and not so simplistic that a moderately experienced naturalist would find it too light. I checked it out of the library but immediately ordered my own copy! I especially recommend this title to anyone who is interested in nature journals or just plain learning more about the world around them. ... Read more

6. A Wetland Habitat (Introducing Habitats)
by Molly Aloian, Bobbie Kalman
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-10-30)
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Asin: 0778729834
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Ages 4 to 8 years.Wetlands are found all over North America. They are a vibrant habitat for thousands of plant and animal species, and this book explains topics such as plants and animals existing in wetlands, food in wetlands, and how the weather affects wetlands. ... Read more

7. Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont (Middlebury Bicentennial Series in Environmental Studies)
by Elizabeth H. Thompson, Eric R. Sorenson
Paperback: 468 Pages (2000-11-01)
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Asin: 158465077X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The first field guide to all of Vermont's natural communities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ecologic exegesis extraordinaire!
This is a beautiful book.

I don't mean pretty or delightfully literate, though it's those as well. I mean it's intelligent. It condenses, codifies and communicates a carefully considered catalogue of Vermont's natural communities. In a world of intuitive opinion and idle speculation this is a sober, empiric, bright-cut jewel.

Liz Thompson has crisscrossed the state evaluating sites for The Nature Conservancy. She's more familiar with Vermont than I am with my front yard. Eric Sorenson is Natural Communities Ecologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Natural Heritage Program. He might know as much as she does, if that's humanly possible. Between them they've parsed our landscape into precisely described biologic community types. How finely have they defined? Click the picture to look inside. Check out the table of contents. Examine the densely packed information and consistent organization. Read some of the unpretentious but supple and cogent expository prose. ~80 communities are described, grouped and explained: what defines them, what generated and still sustains them, how they are related, where to find them.

There is no essay component. A huge amount of information is distilled to be searchable (it's color coded!) and disciplined to be readable. Concise to the point of being wiry, it's still substantial, with exhaustive appendices to explain and cross-reference any technical details in the main text. Included are diagnostic flora lists, implacably factual descriptions, and precise place designations, all in plain English. Anyone can read and understand this book. After the introductory first 75 pages its entertainment value diminishes and reference character emerges - it is a guide book after all - but who can fail to be entranced by a guide so pregnant with information you practically absorb it through your fingertips? Every paragraph is educational, demonstrating both how much some of us know and how much none of us yet knows. You'll know more, and have a fuller framework for understanding what you already knew, every time you delve into this book.

"Wetland, Woodland, Wildland" focuses on a small state, but everyone in Vermont should own a copy. Anyone else interested in the dramatic variety of Vermont's remarkable landscape and the stellar quality of Vermont's scholarship should consider owning a copy.

The index is good, the bibliography outstanding. Common specific names are incorporated in the text, scientific equivalents supplied by an appendix. Diagnostic lists include specific common names whenever they exist.There is a glossary but the few technical terms employed are also defined in context. Most individual plant and animal images are photographic; most landscape and habitat images are line drawings. All are created and scaled to their task with only I think 4 pages of primarily decorative full bleed pictures. Fully coated stock makes every line sharp. Range maps are all on the same outline. Especially gratifying to me is that page design and typography, while complex and compact, is clear and consistent. Proofreading appears to be perfect. This is a well-crafted work. It feels good, looks good, reads easily and will make you smarter about where you live.

That's a beautiful thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous natural community descriptions!
Being new to Vermont I had a lot to learn of the structure and contents of the natural communities here. This book is well organized and packed with information not only for VT but for the surrounding states as well because the habitats may exist in NY, NH, MA, CT and even Canada. As Tom Vechten pointed out it may be difficult to read from cover to cover but if you read most of the beginning chapters I think it is safe to venture to the regions that interest or concern you. Nice pictures and great line drawings help with visualization. The maps for each section are also useful but it will still be up to you to figure out which habitat you are actually standing in at any given moment, however, the book will guide you to narrow the decision. I think this is an outstanding guide to the region and I recommend it to biologists, naturalists, ecologists, hikers, campers, hunters, outdoorsman, foragers and anyone interested in learning about the history to structure of Vermonts amazing landscape. A big THANK YOU to the authors for compiling this much needed resourceful guide and it's worth every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you love Vermont--understand it
As a resident of Vermont, I found this book to be one of the definitive works about Vermont's natural habitat. It is quite the eyeopener. The interactions of all the natural wonders of the state are completely explained, as well as the definitions of the specific ecosystems found everywhere. With this book I was able to map vernal pools, hemlock swamps and other sensitive habitats around me. Absolutely invaluable.

5-0 out of 5 stars taking the next step
I came to this book as a relative beginner in nature observation, I could pick out the major tree species, but not much more than that.This guide was of tremendous help to me in learning to see relationships between tree types and the soil, exposeur, water, and other plants.The text is focused on Vermont, but I found it very helpful in New Hampshire, and I am sure it would be useful in Maine and New York as well as some of the Great Lakes areas. It is also very beautiful to look at, though some what difficult to read straight through from cover to cover. Take it with you on a hike, or during fly season look at it when you get back.

I hope there are or will be additional books of this type for other areas of the country / world.The authors and artist have set a high standard. ... Read more

8. Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
by Cathryn Berger Kaye M.A., Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho International
Paperback: 128 Pages (2010-08-01)
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Asin: 1575423480
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Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Going Blue educates young people about the earth’s water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet’s water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more. This combination of academic learning and community service is at the heart of the fast-growing teaching strategy known as service learning.

Going Blue is divided into the five stages of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Special sections include a history of ocean exploration with a profile of Jacques Cousteau; an interview with Philippe Cousteau; stories of young people around the world addressing water issues; book and Web resources; and an afterword for adults.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not a guide to be missed for the environmentally conscious
The next generation is going to be the key for saving much of the endangered wildlife in the world. "Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands" discusses what teens can do now to save the endangered creatures of the ocean and fight climate change. All over the the world in many different climates, oceans and other bodies of water are endangered. With everything from political activism to practical little differences, and enhanced with many full color photographs, "Going Blue" is not a guide to be missed for the environmentally conscious.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for teens and teachers!
I think that you can count on Gulf Shores/Orange Beach students taking action! This is a great book that will have kids and adults rethinking how we effect our water planet. This book is so well written!You can read it cover to cover or just pick it up and read a page at a time.The graphics are outstanding!This book will be used a lot in my 7th grade science class this year!Go Blue! -Wil Tuggle Gulf Shores Middle School ... Read more

9. Biogeochemistry of Wetlands: Science and Applications
by K. Ramesh Reddy, Ronald D. DeLaune
Hardcover: 800 Pages (2008-07-28)
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Wetland ecosystems maintain a fragile balance of soil, water, plant, and atmospheric components in order to regulate water flow, flooding, and water quality. Marginally covered in traditional texts on biogeochemistry or on wetland soils, Biogeochemistry of Wetlands is the first to focus entirely on the biological, geological, physical, and chemical processes that affect these critical habitats.

This book offers an in-depth look at the chemical and biological cycling of nutrients, trace elements, and toxic organic compounds in wetland soil and water column as related to water quality, carbon sequestration, and greenhouse gases. It details the electrochemistry, biochemical processes, and transformation mechanisms for the elemental cycling of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Additional chapters examine the fate and chemistry of heavy metals and toxic organic compounds in wetland environments. The authors emphasize the role of redox-pH conditions, organic matter, microbial-mediated processes that drive transformation in wetlands, plant responses and adaptation to wetland soil conditions. They also analyze how excess water, sediment water, and atmospheric change relate to elemental biogeochemical cycling.

Delivering an in-depth scientific examination of the natural processes that occur in wetland ecosystems, Biogeochemistry of Wetlands comprises a key perspective on the environmental impact of pollutants and the role freshwater and coastal wetlands play in global climate change.

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10. Plants of Central Texas Wetlands (Grover E. Murray Series in the American Southwest) (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest)
by Scott B. Fleenor, Stephen Welton Taber
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-05-22)
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Along the San Marcos River, in and surrounding Palmetto State Park in south central Texas, lie more than five square kilometers of relict ecosystem known as the Ottine Wetlands. A lowland counterpart of the Lost Pines, this rich and fascinating area of swamps, marshes, and ponds is situated on the 98th meridian--the biogeographical divide separating the eastern plants and animals of the United States from their western counterparts--and also along a similar ecological boundary separating subtropical species from their more northern, temperate counterparts.
A companion to the authors' Invertebrates of Central Texas Wetlands, this volume describes the plants of this important but little-studied region.
The authors have catalogued more than 500 species, ranging from mosses and liverworts to flowering plants, gleaned from published and unpublished reports, collection records, and their own extensive exploration of the park and surrounding private properties. Photographs and detailed descriptions of more than 275 species aid in field recognition; for those species not treated in the text, checklists are provided.
An in-depth introductory chapter covers the region's geology and soils, climate, postglacial history, plant communities, and biogeography and also serves as a guide to Palmetto State Park and its easily accessible nature trails. An extensive bibliography, glossary, and index round out the volume.
Scientific researchers and nature enthusiasts alike will appreciate this expert guide to one of the nation s most distinctive ecosystems. ... Read more

11. The Louisiana Coast: Guide to an American Wetland (Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)
by Ms. Gay M. Gomez
Paperback: 208 Pages (2008-10-09)
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Hurricane Katrina gave the nation an urgent reminder of the extent and value of Louisiana's wetlands when daily discussions of subsidence and sedimentation revealed how much ordinary coastal processes affect humanity--and vice versa. Now, with a native Louisiana naturalist as a guide, readers can learn how best to enjoy, appreciate, and protect this vanishing landscape.

Part natural history and part field guide, The Louisiana Coast takes readers across one of only three major chenier plains in the world to the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest river basin swamp on the continent, and through the network of bayous, natural levees, cypress swamps, marshes, and barrier islands of the Deltaic Plain.

Color photographs illustrate chapters on vegetation, wildlife, and the rich human culture that defines Louisiana. With the intimate knowledge of one whose life has been shaped by this remarkable environment, author Gay M. Gomez leads visitors to nature trails, wildlife refuges, Audubon sanctuaries, and parks. A visitor's guide at the end of the book features destinations open to the public for wildlife watching, photography, and even hunting,fishing, crabbing, and cast netting.

Everyone who lives in or visits Louisiana and anyone interested in the conservation, ecology, natural history, and geography of the region will appreciate Gomez's exploration of the land, its people, its resources, and its vulnerabilities. The Louisiana Coast will encourage readers to share the author's love for this vital, distinct, and beautiful place. ... Read more

12. Wetland Design: Principles and Practices for Landscape Architects and Land Use Planners
by Robert L. France
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2002-12)
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Asin: 0393730735
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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A primer introducing the principles and practices of wetland design. Covering the creation, restoration, enhancement, and construction of designed wetlands, this book provides a practical guide for wetland design on a local, site-specific scale, and reviews the impact of wetland design projects on the environment. More than 150 key principles and practices of wetland design and planning are presented, accompanied by detailed illustrations and case studies. 150 illustrations. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars not so useful
I was looking for a book that would be a good introduction to created wetlands, particularly treatment wetlands - something a little less massive than the recent tome by Kadlec and Wallace. This book wasn't what I was looking for.Although it covered the basics, (and had lots of design diagrams) the organization of the book is awful.It looks like the author just shoved a bunch of power-point presentations together and got it published. Even the numerous diagrams weren't much use, as most of them lacked information on scale and virtually all of them lacked information on loading rates, hydrology, etc.The theoretical considerations presented are also presented in such a general way as to be pretty much useless.There are a lot of case studies in the book, but I didn't get around to reading them.Overall, this book was light on the "principles" mentioned in the title.It might be worth $30, but I'm not convinced. ... Read more

13. America's Wetlands: Guide to Plants and Animals (America's Ecosystems)
by Marianne D. Wallace
Paperback: 48 Pages (2004-10-14)
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Asin: 1555914845
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A fun exploration of one of the most interesting eco-systems in the North America. With delightful full-color illustrations and lively descriptions to help in identifying wetland types (swamp, marsh, or pond), plants, and animals, America’s Wetlands becomes an enjoyable family learning experience.

*Learn to distinguish animal tracks and sign
*Provides a list of common and scientific names, detailed species information, maps, resource list, and a glossary
*Also includes information on wetland areas open to the public ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids.
An important subject in an easy to read book that combines art and learning.Good book.Who said learning can't be fun?

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
If you are looking for a book that will be truly informative on wetlands, this is not it.To start with the positive, we have purchased books by this author/illustrator in the past, and have been happy with them - America's Prairies and Grasslands, for example.However, these books seem to be laid out in the same way - by geographic area.That is not necessarily a bad idea; withgrasslands, the different types are largely dispersed geographically.But not so much with wetlands.There are marshes all over the U.S.!This kind of book would be much more usable if arranged by type of wetland.

Furthermore, some types of major wetlands are omitted entirely - salt marshes, for example.If you want to know what grows/lives there, you won't find it in this book.

Lastly, a big problem I have with this book is that areas that are not wetlands at all, such as pond or lakes, are heavily included.The author states that she has included them because "many wetland species live alongside or nearby these areas," but they were simply out of place and could be confusing to a child learning about wetlands.

Better choices are Wetlands by Darlene Stille, unfortunately textbookish, but does have some good general information, and Leapfrogging Through Wetlands by Nancy Field (Our daughter really liked this one; I thought it was okay, and it did have an interesting format).

5-0 out of 5 stars Lively, fun, interesting
For a youngster this is the perfect introduction to an ecosystem found almost everywhere in the country. (Actually, I'm no youngster and I found the level was just right for me too.)

The illustrations are a delight--and accurate; the text quirky with sound science and bits of fun entertaining trivia.

If you're one of the few who doesn't have a wetland nearby, then you'll find some other books in this series that might cover your area (Prairies, Mountains, Deserts too) ... Read more

14. Wetlands: Soggy Habitat (Amazing Science)
by Salas, Laura Purdie
Paperback: 24 Pages (2002-07)
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Asin: 1404834745
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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What lives in a wetland besides flamingos, ducks, and other birds? How do plants survive in the soggy soil? What jobs do wetlands do? Wade into this book to find out what makes wetlands one of Earth's treasures. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Library Essential
A must have for any preschool/elementary school library.
Includes suggested activity, glossary, and "To Learn More" section. Get the whole ecosystem series!
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15. Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands
Hardcover: 581 Pages (2007-01-08)
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Asin: 0520247779
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Designed as a textbook, this volume is an important, up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible survey in ecology of freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Prominent wetland scholars address the physical environment, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, soils, and hydrology of both freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Careful syntheses review how hydrology and chemistry constrain wetlands plants and animals. In addition, contributors document the strategies employed by plants, animals, and bacteria to cope with stress. Focusing on the ecology of key organisms, each chapter is relevant to wetland regulation and assessment, wetland restoration, how flood pulses control the ecology of most wetland complexes, and how human regulation of flood pulses threatens wetland biotic integrity. Ideal for the classroom, this book is a fundamental resource for anyone interested in the current state of our wetlands. ... Read more

16. About Habitats: Wetlands (About...)
by Cathryn Sill
Hardcover: 48 Pages (2008-03-01)
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Asin: 156145432X
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Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into wetlands habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what wetlands are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how wetlands help maintain the delicate balance among Earth s environments.

John Sill s beautifully detailed full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of wetlands topography from salt marshes along the seacoasts to tropical mangrove swamps. The astonishing varieties of wetland plants and the birds, mammals, and fish that live there are also represented. A glossary and afterword provide young readers with further fascinating details on wetlands, its creatures, and its conditions. ... Read more

17. Wetland Ecosystems
by William J. Mitsch, James G. Gosselink, Li Zhang, Christopher J. Anderson
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2009-04-13)
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Asin: 047028630X
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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New focused text introduces readers to wetland ecosystems and systems approaches to studying wetlands

With its comprehensive coverage of wetland science, management, and restoration, Mitsch and Gosselink's Wetlands has been the premier reference on wetlands for more than two decades. Now, the coverage of specific wetland ecosystem types from earlier editions of this acclaimed work has been updated, revised, and supplemented with additional content in order to create this new text focusing exclusively on wetland ecosystems. This book now complements Wetlands, Fourth Edition.

Following an introduction to ecosystems in general and wetland ecosystems in particular, Wetland Ecosystems examines the major types of wetlands found throughout the world: coastal wetlands, freshwater marshes and forested swamps, and peatlands. The final chapter reviews three fundamental systems approaches to studying wetlands: mesocosms, full-scale experimental ecosystems, and mathematical modeling.

This new text features:

  • Updated descriptions of the hydrology, biogeochemistry, and biology of the main types of wetlands found in the world
  • New content introducing general ecosystems, wetland ecosystems, whole ecosystem and mesocosm experiments with wetlands, and systems ecology and modeling

  • A detailed description of the ecosystem services provided by wetlands

  • A broad international scope, including many examples of wetlands located outside North America

  • Two new coauthors offering new perspectives and additional insights into the latest ecosystem and modeling techniques

An abundance of illustrations helps readers understand how different biological communities and the abiotic environment in wetland ecosystems interact and function. Tables and text boxes provide at-a-glance summaries of key information. Lastly, each chapter concludes with a list of recommended readings.

This text has been designed as an introduction for students and professionals in wetland ecology and management, general ecology, environmental science, and natural resource management. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Same old texts
This book only took the remaining chapters of the old Wetland textbook without really updating their findings...
Seems the authors need more money...
Do not put your money there...wait for a real update! ... Read more

18. Wetlands Explained: Wetland Science, Policy, and Politics in America
by William M. Lewis Jr.
Paperback: 160 Pages (2001-10-19)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$14.74
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Asin: 0195131843
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This book brings together in compact form a broad scientific and sociopolitical view of US wetlands. This primer lays out the science and policy considerations to help in navigating this branch of science that is so central to conservation policy, ecosystem science and wetland regulation. It gives explanations of the attributes, functions and values of our wetlands and shows how and why public attitudes toward wetlands have changed, and the political, legal, and social conflicts that have developed from legislation intended to stem the rapid losses of wetlands. The book describes the role of wetland science in facilitating the evolution of a rational and defensible system for regulating wetlands and will shed light on many of the problems and possibilities facing those who quest to protect and conserve our wetlands. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book
A great introductory book on the policy and politics of Wetlands in the US.I found the sections on the results and issues facedby states assuming federal wetland laws well covered and analyzed.Well written for a subject that could potentially be "dry". ... Read more

19. Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Landfill Leachates
by George Mulamoottil, Edward A. McBean, Frank Rovers
Hardcover: 304 Pages (1998-09-29)
list price: US$129.95 -- used & new: US$103.96
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Asin: 1566703425
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Constructed wetlands are proving to be the best natural treatment system for landfill leachates.Most of the contaminants in landfill leachates are degraded in treatment wetlands. Potential for long-term sustainability and significant cost savings are attractive features of this eco-technology.Documentation of the experience in this use of constructed wetlands has been limited. Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Landfill Leachates is the first compilation of the results of research from North America and Europe. Originally presented at an international symposium, this collection of papers offers the most recent research findings from the leading researchers in this new and innovative natural treatment system.Specific issues addressed in the text include:oleachate characteristics, and the potential for treatability by constructed wetlandsowetland treatment, processes and transformationouse of constructed wetlands in cold climatic conditionsoassessment of the tolerance of wetland plants to the toxicity of leachatesorole of plants in the treatments of leachatesointegrated wetland systemsoperformance of different wetland treatment systemsocost comparisons of wetland technology vs. traditional treatment technologiesThe potential for environmental contamination due to leachates from landfills is increasing, and there is an urgent need to find ways and means to treat leachates in a sustainable way Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Landfill Leachates will provide an invaluable source of information on the subject for scientists, engineers, practitioners, policy makers, and regulatory officials. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a very useful text book
I found this text book very useful for my job ... Read more

20. A Great Lakes Wetland Flora (Second Edition)
by Steve W. Chadde
Paperback: 648 Pages (2002-09-01)
list price: US$30.95 -- used & new: US$60.00
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Asin: 0965138550
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Best all-around book
I am a graduate student in wetland science, and have used this book as a beginning step to identifying aquatic plants in Ohio.Although there is no perfect field book for aquatic plants, this book does a good job at balancing comprehensiveness with economy.If you are only going to get one book on aquatic plants in this region, this is the best all-around book.

What did not fully impress me were the illustrations, which were sometimes misleading (though 90% are very good), and that the key is often depends too much on one feature, which only works if that feature is fully developed and unique from species not listed in the book (not always the case). Other keys do not have this problem as much, though it is always the challenge of keys.This would also leave me wondering when I would key out by elimination based on something genereral, such as, number of stamens, for example.I then find that the picture looks nothing like what I have keyed to.Sometimes, I learn that it's just a bad picture, and other times, I learn that a different species (usually upland) not listed in the book also keys out to the same entry because the key is not specific enough and the picture is too generic to distinguish. But once you do identify the plant, this book shares more useful information about the plant than most other books.

In conjunction with Chadde, we found these books indispensiblecompanions for our aquatic plants class:
Newcomb: Usually better pictures, easy identification (often, simply faster than the traditional keys for initial identification), perfect field size, but not phylogenically organized (important for learning families and identifying related species) or specific to wetlands (sometimes helpful for the facultative species not in Chadde, but not useful for the thousands of wetland sedges and rushes out there).
Crow and Hellquist: Incredible pictures (when present), better key, much more comprehensive (but only in dedicated wetland species--FACW-OBL, very few FAC, FACU, etc.), but too big and expensive for field work.
We also occasionally used Tiner, Peterson's, and some specific Ohio Wildflower books.

Of all the books, though, Chadde has the most wear.That tells me which one is most valuable. ... Read more

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