Fundamental studies in the characteristics of urban ecosystems

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  • Urban ecology (Biology) -- Japan.

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Includes bibliographical references.

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Statementedited by M. Numata.
ContributionsNumata, Makoto, 1917-
LC ClassificationsQH188 .F875
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Pagination129 p. :
Number of Pages129
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Open LibraryOL4297573M
LC Control Number78325909

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