The parable of Green Mountain: Ascension Island, ecosystem construction and ecological fitting

@article{Wilkinson2004ThePO,
  title={The parable of Green Mountain: Ascension Island, ecosystem construction and ecological fitting},
  author={David M. Wilkinson},
  journal={Journal of Biogeography},
  year={2004},
  volume={31}
}
  • D. M. Wilkinson
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Biogeography
Aims  To use the ecosystem on Green Mountain, Ascension Island, to illustrate aspects of ecosystem construction and function as well as possible mitigation of human caused global environmental change. 
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