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Table of Contents 1. Introduction, references I. Geology and Hydrology 2. Nature of Ultramafics 3. Mineralogy and Petrology of Serpentine 4. Water in Serpentine Geoecosystems References II. Soils and Life in Them 5. Soils and Soil Development 6. Serpentine Soils and their Distributions 7. Living Organisms: Particularly Animals, Fungi, and Microorganisms 8. Serpentine Soils as Media for Plant Growth References III. Plant Life on Serpentine 9. Plant Responses to Serpentine Soils 10. Serpentine Vegetation and Floristics 11. Serpentine Plant Life of Western North America 12. Serpentine Vegetation Alliances in Western North America References IV. Serpentine Domains of Western North America 13. Baja California 14. Sierra Motherlode 15. Southern California Coast Ranges 16. Northern California Coast Ranges 17. Klamath Mountains 18. Blue Mountains, Oregon 19. Northern Cascade-Fraser River 20. Gulf of Alaska 21. Denali-Yukon 22. Northern Alaska-Kuskokwim Mountains References V. Social Issues and Epilogue 23. Serpentine Land Use and Health Concerns 24. Synthesis and Future Directions References Appendix A. Nature of Minerals in Serpentine Rocks and Soils B. Characteristics of Chemical Elements-Ionic Properties and Toxicities C. Soil Classification D. Kingdoms of Life E. Water Balance by the Thornthwaite Method F. Protected Natural Areas G. Endemic Plants in California Glossary
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Rocks, Ultrabasic -- West (U.S.).
Rocks, Ultrabasic -- Northwest, Canadian.
Soils -- Serpentine content -- West (U.S.).
Soils -- Serpentine content -- Northwest, Canadian.
Environmental geology -- West (U.S.).
Environmental geology -- Northwest, Canadian.