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Crete, a continent on an island

Author: Demos Tsantilis


Publisher: Natural History Museum


Price: 38,00 €

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Publish date: 2014
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 278
Dimensions: 24x17cm


  •  978-960-367-036-0


The Natural History Museum (University of Crete) has recently released the long-awaited book on the nature of Crete, titled "Crete, a continent on an island". This publication is a long literary essay by an author of the municipality Tsantili, written with popularized scientific texts, together with the entire research potential of the museum and containing more than 350 color photographs (several projects).

In about 280 pages on broadsheet (28 × 24 cm) and with hard cover, are presented: the complex geological history of Crete, fossils and the modern geodiversity of the island, plants, animals and ecosystems of Crete, and the role of long-term impact of the inhabitants therein. The rich and high quality illustrations provide a unique visual experience for lovers of Cretan nature, but also valuable material to amateurs and professional naturalists.

The above theme is developed extensively in 21 chapters. In the first four chapters are covered the geological birth and development of the island, the climate over the major geological periods for Crete and the influence of the historic and current action of water, and other factors in the formation of the current Cretan landscape.

In the next three chapters is given more details about the collection of Cretan fossils of animal and plant origin, while the findings are discussed in chronological order and importance.

The chapter "Mediterranean adaptation" attempts to show the Cretan flora, recording the botanical wealth of the island with emphasis on the specificities of the Mediterranean characteristics. Lack of water, wildfire, etc. are some of the modules investigated here, while the next two chapters record the forest wealth and the special / endemic flora of Crete.

Six chapters are devoted to animal species, with separate sections for the large fauna of mammals, reptiles / amphibians and birds, and for the first time in international and Greek-speaking literature, developing thoroughly the invertebrate biodiversity of Crete. Three chapters are devoted to terrestrial arthropods and land snails on the island, including information on ecology, origin and peculiarities / endemism.

Four chapters negotiate the Cretan natural peculiarities that deserve separate attention: satellite imagery of the small islands close to Crete, its beaches, its mountain peaks and the innumerable caves / karst depressions of the island.

The last section concludes the tour into nature, putting the reader in the position of the person who intervenes and modifies the environment that hosts him, trying to give rise to concerns, but also to inspire for solutions, for the harmonious coexistence of humans and the rest of the natural elements.