By Gordon Morrison
A baby crouches beside a meadow brook, and a drop of water collects and falls from the child's fingertip to proceed on its trip. the place does that trip start? excessive within the sky, rain clouds are parting. Water trickles and flows down the mountain, accumulating in an upland bathroom, seeping via a beaver's dam, dashing over rocks, passing many crops and animals alongside its winding way—each depending on water and the various environments it shapes to reside. writer and illustrator Gordon Morrison has captured a unmarried second in time, revealing the path and effect of water, and welcoming readers to pause and look at the area round them during this attractive and lyrical appreciation of nature and the source that makes all of it possible—a drop of water.
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It appears to be a general rule that population cycles of birds and mammals in the hoI arctic zone disappear towards the southern part of the taiga (Hansson & Henttonen, 1988; Sutherland, 1988). In parts of Fennoscandia, for example, all grouse and hare populations undergo regular population fluctuations every three to four years (Fig. , 1984, 1985; Linden, 1988). , 1985; Ellison & Magnani, 1985). , 1985). Apart from explaining the cyclicity itself, any hypothesis about the cycles among tetraonids in northern Fennoscandia must also explain: (a) the synchrony between grouse and small rodent cycles; (b) the time lag of one year between spring densities of small rodents and grouse; and (c) the general disappearance of cyclicity towards southern Fennoscandia.
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