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

Overview

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:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii(2)
Introduction ix
Cluster One: Foundation Concepts 3(26)
1. The Environment
3(7)
2. The System
10(8)
3. Hierarchical Organization
18(11)
Cluster Two: Land and Water Systems 29(98)
4. The Ecosphere, with Comments on the Gaia Hypothesis and the Biosphere
29(8)
5. Energy Dynamics
37(8)
6. The Composition of the Earth
45(14)
7. The Biome
59(10)
8. The Landscape
69(9)
9. The Watershed
78(12)
10. The Ecotope
90(11)
11. Species Diversity
101(8)
12. Primary Production and Decomposition
109(9)
13. Ecological Succession
118(9)
Cluster Three: The Population and the Individual 127(46)
14. The Population as a Demographic Unit
127(11)
15. Life-History Adaptations
138(8)
16. The Individual Organism
146(8)
17. Body Size and Climate Space
154(9)
18. Speciation and Natural Selection
163(10)
Cluster Four: Interaction Between Individuals and Species 173(56)
19. Interactions Between Individuals
173(8)
20. Mutualism
181(7)
21. Competition
188(10)
22. Predation
198(7)
23. Coevolution and Niche
205(6)
24. The Biotic Community
211(6)
25. Island Biogeography
217(7)
26. Human Ecology
224(5)
Conclusion: Ecology, Environment, and Ethics 229(10)
Literature Cited 239(10)
Index 249

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