"Islands" celebrates our planet’s more than 460,000 islands which have long inspired human imagination. They evoke images of far-flung landscapes and vast isolation. On a geologic time-scale, islands are dynamic and ever-changing. They can be mere specks of land and rock stacks that are home to only a few plants and animals, or large complex landscapes with diverse habitats and climates, such as Madagascar or New Guinea. Islands can be found at all latitudes, from polar to tropical, and are the engines for the evolution of much of our planet’s flora and fauna.
Author(s): Nicholas D. Holmes, Olivier Langrand, Russell A. Mittermeier, Anthony B. Rylands, Thomas Brooks, Dena R. Spatz, James C. Russell, Wes Sechrest, Federico Méndez Sánchez
Editor(s): Cristina Mittermeier