University of Alberta Press

Natural History


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    The greatest threat to water quality worldwide is nutrient pollution. Cultural eutrophication by nutrients in sewage, fertilizers, and detergents is feeding massive algal blooms, choking out aquatic life and outpacing heavy metals, oil spills, and other toxins in the devastation wrought upon the world's fresh waters. Renowned water scientists, David W. Schindler and John R. Vallentyne, share their combined 80 years of experience with the eutrophication problem to explain its ... [READ MORE]
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    A great diversity of invertebrate life lives beneath the surface of Alberta's lakes and streams. Aquatic Invertebrates of Alberta complements existing field guides to organisms in Alberta, covering all major groups of aquatic invertebrates. Color photographs, pictorial keys, and 114 whole-specimen drawings complement the text.
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    Buffalo conjure up the West the way no other symbol can. They hold a special place in our culture and imagination. In this prize-winning collection, writers reveal the buffalo in plains ecology and culture from prehistoric times to its present and uncertain future.
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    Results of a study on the terminus portion of the Steele Glacier between August 20 and August 24, 1966, where it was found that the glacier was moving with an average velocity of 37 feet per 24 hrs.
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    In 1950, the biggest firestorm documented in North America—one fire alone burned 3,500,000 acres of boreal forest in northern Alberta and British Columbia—created the world’s largest smoke layer in the atmosphere. The smoke travelled half way around the northern hemisphere and made the moon and sun appear blue. The Chinchaga Firestorm is an historical study of the effects of fire on the ecological process. Using technical explanations and archival discoverie... [READ MORE]
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    The international conference People, Wildlife, and Hunting: Emerging Conservation Paradigms brought together hunters, outfitters, community representatives, wildlife managers, researchers and conservationists from across Canada and overseas to explore the relationship linking trophy hunting, wildlife conservation, large-mammal management, community economies, and community sustainability in rural areas. This report focuses more particularly (but not exclusively) upon communit... [READ MORE]
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    A look at the preservation of the California Tule Elk that has focused on two central questions facing all those fighting to save a threatened species: Who benefits from survival? Who pays the cost?
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    With iridescent blues and greens, damselflies are some of the most beautiful flying insects as well as the most primitive. As members of the insect order Odonata they are related to dragonflies but are classified in a separate suborder. These aquatic insects are a delight to the eye and a fascinating creature of study. In Damselflies of Alberta, naturalist John Acorn describes the twenty-two species native to the province. Exhaustively researched, yet written in an accessible... [READ MORE]
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    Alberta is well known for its fossil treasures, and author John Acorn is as keen on the long-dead creatures of Alberta as he is on the living. Here, John features 80 of the most noteworthy fossils, fossil locations, and fossil hunters from this most palaeontological of provinces. There's more to the story of "deep Alberta" than dinosaurs, but dinosaur fans will find all their favourite beasts here as well -- from Edmontosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex, and everything in... [READ MORE]
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    A compilation of highly sought-after research focusing on wolf management and recovery programs in North America. Reviews the status of wolves in Canada, the United States, Greenland, and the Trans-Himalayan region. Specific chapters address several themes: historical perspectives and the evolution of wolf-human relationships; the status, biology, and management of wolves; restoration, reintroduction, and control programs; wolf-prey dynamics and implications of conservation p... [READ MORE]
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    This completely revised edition includes up-to-date information on distribution, new species and biology of the 59 species of fish found in Alberta. Information on identification, distribution, biology, taxonomic history, and, where appropriate, angling is included. Fishes of Alberta will be useful to anyone interested in Alberta's fishes, from anglers to scientists, as well as students of biology.
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    Written by the botanists of the Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg, the Flora of the Russian Arctic series is an essential part of every botanical library. (For information on Volume III, see http://www.schweizerbart.de/pubs/books/floraofthe-095200001-desc.html)
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    This second volume of Flora of the Russian Arctic continues the six-volume English translation of the monumental Russian work Arkticheskaya Flora SSSR. This important reference was written by the botanists of the Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg. It spans 145 degrees of longitude, from the Barents Sea to the Bering Strait. Flora of the Russian Arctic is an essential part of every botanical library. (For information on Volume III, see http://www.schweizerbart.de/pub... [READ MORE]
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    The threat of deteriorating habitats and a loss of biodiversity make this reference work on the freshwater fishes of British Columbia more necessary than ever before. Eighty-one comprehensive species accounts aid accurate identification and consist of an illustration, the scientific and common names of the fish, its distinguishing characteristics, taxonomic comments, geographic distribution, a life-history summary, a habitat-use summary, and conservation comments. The book is... [READ MORE]
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    Fossil remains found in Upper Triassic and Lower and Middle Jurassic deposits at Issykkul and Karatau in Central Asia are described for the first time, complete with lists, keys and detailed notes on wing venation, in this first English-language edition of an established Russian work.
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    Offers a perspective of northern native societies that have depended upon whaling for centuries. Alaskan and Western Canadian Arctic coastal residents have pursued these animals as sources of food and fuel, but whaling also serves as a center for cultural traditional and spiritual sustenance. Papers by: Rober K. Harritt, Carol Zane Jolles, and Allen P. McCartney; Owen K. Mason and S. Craig Gerlach; Roger K. Harritt; Don E. Dumond; Linda Finn Yarborough; Allen P. McCartney; T.... [READ MORE]
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    The aim of this book is to contribute to culturally inclusive, equitable and effective wildlife conservation and management in the northern regions--and by extension, in other regions where indigenous systems of co-existing with wildlife also struggle to work with positivistic science-based assessments of conservation needs. Given the diverse worldviews, perspectives, and agendas of all those seeking to influence conservation of the iconic polar bear, it is impossible in a si... [READ MORE]
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    Inuit have been hunting polar bear for centuries and have built up a rich knowledge about their habitat and behaviour-a knowledge expressed in the oral history, Inuktitut vocabulary and cultural traditions- in Inuit Qaujimaningit, or IQ. The Hunters' and Trappers' Organization of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk and Cambridge Bay share concerns over the future viability of the polar bear population in the McClintock Channel Polar Bear Management Area and about the future integr... [READ MORE]