A Primer for Environmental Literacy

A Primer for Environmental Literacy

by Frank B. Golley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300073151

ISBN-13: 9780300073157

Pub. Date: 08/11/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

Unique in its breadth and accessibility, this book presents the key concepts of environmental science and an overview of the entire field. An ideal introduction for readers who are not natural scientists, the book explains core ideas and applies them from top down--first to earth, the largest system, then to land and water systems, and finally to populations and…  See more details below

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Unique in its breadth and accessibility, this book presents the key concepts of environmental science and an overview of the entire field. An ideal introduction for readers who are not natural scientists, the book explains core ideas and applies them from top down--first to earth, the largest system, then to land and water systems, and finally to populations and individual organisms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300073157
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/11/1998
Series:
Environmental Studies
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Cluster 1Foundation Concepts
1The Environment3
2The System10
3Hierarchical Organization18
Cluster 2Land and Water Systems
4The Ecosphere, with Comments on the Gaia Hypothesis and the Biosphere29
5Energy Dynamics37
6The Composition of the Earth45
7The Biome59
8The Landscape69
9The Watershed78
10The Ecotope90
11Species Diversity101
12Primary Production and Decomposition109
13Ecological Succession118
Cluster 3The Population and the Individual
14The Population as a Demographic Unit127
15Life-History Adaptations138
16The Individual Organism146
17Body Size and Climate Space154
18Speciation and Natural Selection163
Cluster 4Interaction Between Individuals and Species
19Interactions Between Individuals173
20Mutualism181
21Competition188
22Predation198
23Coevolution and Niche205
24The Biotic Community211
25Island Biogeography217
26Human Ecology224
Conclusion: Ecology, Environment, and Ethics229
Literature Cited239
Index249

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