Social and Biological Aspects of Ethnicity (Biosocial by Malcolm Chapman

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By Malcolm Chapman

This booklet information the biology and sociology of ethnicity, exhibiting how the 2 elements impact one another. The booklet first introduces the historical past of the idea that of "ethnicity" and discusses fresh makes use of of the time period in social anthropology. The view that ethnic teams are organic entities, which pervades so much educational disciplines, is contrasted to the present social anthropological concept that ethnic teams are self-defined social creations. Social judgements and activities via ethnic teams are proven to have major organic results, as exemplified by means of genetic and epidemiological facts. The e-book comprises an in-depth case learn of the Basque humans and indicates the relevance of social and organic standards for making a choice on ethnic club. Researchers and scholars in sociobiology, human psychology, and social and organic anthropology should want to learn this crucial new paintings.

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With the exception of the Greater White-fronted Goose (Ely and Takekawa 1996), Brant, and seagoing ducks, the vast majority of waterfowl migrating through and wintering in the Salton Sink breed in the prairies of central Canada and the northern Great Plains, not in Alaska and westernmost Canada (Fig. 20; Bellrose 1976; Rienecker 1976). Among waterfowl not represented by this classic picture of movement are various seafaring ducks and the Brant. Not surprisingly, the Brant, the scoters, the Long-tailed Duck, and the Red-breasted Merganser are closely associated with the Gulf of California.

The Large-billed Savannah Sparrow favors such habitats at the south end of the Salton Sea. Photograph by Jack W. Schlotte and Philip Unitt. HALOPHYTIC FORMATION Given the highly alkaline soils of the Salton Sink, it should come as no surprise that halophytic plants are well represented. The Saltcedar is the dominant plant species along the fringe of the Salton Sea and in river bottoms and other wetlands. Understory vegetation is often nothing more than a mat of the salt grass Distichlis spicata, and where Saltcedar does not occur at the edge of the sea the dominant plant is generally the Iodine Bush (Allenrolfea occidentalis) (Fig.

21). The Salton Sea also serves as an important wintering location for both the Eared Grebe (sometimes in the millions) and the American White Pelican (typically in the tens of thousands). B I O G E O G R A P H Y O F T H E S A LT O N S E A 27 FIGURE 20. Main geographic places of origin of waterfowl wintering in the Salton Sink. Indeed, a substantial percentage of the North American population of the former occurs at the Salton Sea during some part of the year (Jehl 1988). Similarly, the Imperial Valley apparently hosts one-third of the world population of the Mountain Plover each winter (Shuford et al.

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