The Everglades Handbook is an important new reference that provides the reader with a wealth of information on the entire ecosystem-upstream & downstream. This unique book starts with a brief description of the regions geology & geography. The origin of the Everglades is explained & an historic overview is presented. Plant communities & animal groups are covered, detailing their biogeography & functional roles within the system. The impact of hurricanes (including Andrew) on the ecosystem is discussed. The effect of man on the Everglades & the basic tenets for ecosystem restoration provide an important & final chapter. Fifty-two beautiful black & white photographs, along with eight maps & diagrams, compliment the information presented. This book is important reading & a necessary reference for anyone interested in the Everglades ecosystem. Completely referenced, it also serves as a guide to the vast literature on the Everglades.Lodge, Thomas E. is the author of 'Everglades Handbook Understanding the Ecosystem' with ISBN 9781884015069 and ISBN 1884015069.