Michigan and the Great Lakes

A Focus on Peatlands and Peat Mosses

Howard Crum
Examines the fens and bogs of the upper Midwest, with a taxonomic treatment of peat mosses


A Focus on Peatlands and Peat Mosses surveys the fens and bogs of the Upper Midwest, examining how plant life is directly affected by coldness, waterlogged peat accumulations, and habitats that become progressively more acidic and mineral poor. Other topics explored include classification of peatlands, nutrient cycling, and the detailed taxonomy of peat mosses.

Praise / Awards

  • "There is no question that A Focus on Peatlands and Peat Mosses is first-class. It represents the definitive work in the field and will remain so for the foreseeable future."
    —James A. Larsen, University of Wisconsin
  • ". . . an extremely valuable and welcome book, filling a long-standing void. . . . it will be useful to wetland evaluators and managers as well as academic researchers. . . . Professor Crum's elegant and inimitable style makes the book a joy to read . . . ."
    —Barbara J. Madsen, Michigan Botanist
  • "With the increased awareness, especially in the last two decades, of the importance of wetlands in the landscape, many people have felt the need for a book covering all aspects of peat and peatlands. This book fulfills that need, and does so wonderfully."
    —Barbara J. Madsen, Michigan Botanist

Look Inside


Chapter 1. Fens and Bogs, the Peat-Storing Wetlands     1
Chapter 2. The Origin and Development of Peatlands     29
Chapter 3. Peatlands Plants and the Tonic of Wildness     57
Chapter 4. Nutrients in Scant Supply     111
Chapter 5. Life in a Wet Desert     141
Chapter 6. Peatland Archives     163
Chapter 7. The Nature and Use of Peat and Peatland     177
Chapter 8. A Close Look at Peat Mosses: A Bryologist's Vademecum     201
Glossary     277
Bibliography     285
Index     299

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 320pp.
  • illustrations.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1992
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06378-9

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  • $29.95 U.S.