The Natural Heritage of Indiana
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The Natural Heritage of Indiana

Edited by Marion T. Jackson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/24/2008
Format: cloth 512 pages, 10 b&w photos, 64 figures, 458 color photos
9 x 12
ISBN: 978-0-253-33074-1
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The Natural Heritage of Indiana is the first survey of the natural beauty, heritage, and environmental problems of the state. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs by some of the state's best nature photographers, as well as maps, drawings, and diagrams, it also contains essays by 38 of Indiana's leading scholar-teachers and environmental practitioners. This book explores the Indiana landscape, past and present, the seven defined natural regions of the state, and the current plant and animal life, while pondering how the land has been affected by people and how to protect what remains. The Natural Heritage of Indiana is not only a celebration of natural wonders and nature's beauty, it is also a record of misuse and ignorance and a call to arms for those interested in preserving Indiana's environment.
Published with the generous support of the Laura Hare Charitable Trust

Author Bio

Marion T. Jackson is Professor Emeritus of Ecology at Indiana State University, former chairman of the Indiana Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, and past president of the Indiana Academy of Science. He is author of 101 Trees of Indiana: A Field Guide (IUP, 2004). He lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.


"This is an idyllic marriage of rich scholarship and pretty pictures. It takes you from what Indiana was like when prehistoric mound builders were around in southern Indiana to today's farmland-gobbling interstate cloverleaf." —David Mannweiler, Indianapolis Star

"For those interested in Indiana's natural heritage—and those who would preserve it—this is must reading and an indispensable reference." —Lynn Van Matre, Chicago Tribune

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Sense of Place
Perspective: The Indiana That Was
Part 1. The Indiana Landscape
The Terrain and Its Origin

1. Of Time, Rocks, and Ancient Life: Bedrock Geology

2. Indiana on Ice: The Late Tertiary and Ice Age History of Indiana Landscapes

3. The View from the Window: Physiography

4. Cradle of Life: Soils

5. Lifeblood of the Land: Water

6. An Endangered Natural Resource: Wetlands

7. Underground World: Caves

8. Our Changing Climate

The Vegetation and Fauna: History and Development

9. Remembrance

10. In the Glacier’s Wake: Patterns of Vegetation Change Following Glaciation

11. Origins: The Deciduous Forest

12. Walking in Wilderness

13. Nature’s Recovery Act: Nothing Succeeds Like Succession

14. Aggressive Invaders: Exotic Plants

15. Indiana Vertebrate Fauna: Origins and Change
Part 2. The Natural Regions of Indiana

16. The Natural Regions: An Introduction
The Southern Hill Country

17. Limestone Ledges and “Crawfish” Flats: The Bluegrass Natural Region

18. Sinks, Slopes, and a Stony Disposition: The Highland Rim Natural Region

19. Land of the Cliff Dwellers: The Shawnee Hills Natural Region
The Southern Lowlands

20. A Taste of the South: The Southern Bottomlands Natural Region

21. Sandhills and Old Glacial Till: The Southwestern Lowlands Natural Region
The Central Flatlands

22. Where Tallgrasses Waved: The Grand Prairie Natural Region

23. Forested Swell and Swale: The Central Till Plain Natural Region

24. The Bed of a Glacial Lake: The Black Swamp Natural Region
The Northern Lakes and Moraines

25. Half Land, Half Water: The Northern Lakes Natural Region

26. Dunes, Swales, and Glacial Ridges: The Northwestern Morainal Natural Region

27. The Southern Tip of the Big-Sea Waters: The Lake Michigan Natural Region
The Riverine System

28. Waters in Motion: The Big Rivers Natural Region
Part 3. The Biota of Indiana
Diversity and Reproduction

29. A Diversity of Forms

30. Reproductive Strategies
The World of Plants

31. A Wealth of Spores: Non-Flowering Plants

32. Wildflowers and Spring

33. The Seed Strategy: Higher Plants—An Introduction

34. The Life and Times of the Tuliptree

35. The Diversity of Indiana’s Flowering Plants

36. What’s the Use?
The World of Animals

37. The Small and the Many: Invertebrates

38. An Abundance of Insects

39. Beneath the Water’s Surface: The Fishes

40. Creepers, Crawlers, and Hoppers: Amphibians and Reptiles

41. Wings across the Sky: Birds of Indiana

42. Our Native Mammals

43. Biogeography: Of Organisms, Habitats and Time
Part 4. The Changing Landscape

44. Change: The Essence of Nature

45. Prehistoric Peoples of Indiana

46. The Wave of Settlement

47. History of Public Conservation in Indiana

48. Names on the Land
Part 5. Protecting What Remains

49. Search and Study

50. Spreading the Word

51. Protection Beginnings

52. Inventory and Preservation

53. Stewards of Nature
Part 6. Prospectives

54. Whence and Whither—A Question of Priorities and Values

55. Connections: The Humans-Landscape Linkage

56. The Indiana of Today: Its Background and Challenge

57. The Future of Natural Indiana: Can We Imagine It? Guide It?

58. Overview
Supplementary Materials

A. Public Lands in Indiana

B. Dedicated to the State Nature Preserves Indiana

C. Species Extirpated from Indiana

D. Species Endangered in Indiana

E. Species Nomenclature
Reference Materials

F. Glossary

G. Suggested Readings
Biographical Sketches of Authors
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