Basics of Environmental Science / Edition 2

Basics of Environmental Science / Edition 2

by Michael Allaby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415211751

ISBN-13: 9780415211758

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The new edition of this popular student text offers an engaging introduction to environmental study. It covers the entire breadth of the environmental sciences, providing concise, non-technical explanations of physical processes and systems and the effects of human activities. In this second edition the scientific background to major environmental issues is clearly

Overview

The new edition of this popular student text offers an engaging introduction to environmental study. It covers the entire breadth of the environmental sciences, providing concise, non-technical explanations of physical processes and systems and the effects of human activities. In this second edition the scientific background to major environmental issues is clearly explained. These include:
* global warming
* genetically modified foods
* desertification
* acid rain
* deforestation
* human population growth
* depleting resources
* nuclear power generation
* descriptions of the 10 major biomes.
Special student text features include illustrations and explanatory diagrams, boxed case studies, concepts and definitions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415211758
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction; 1: What is environmental science?; 2: Environmental interactions, cycles and systems; 3: Ecology and environmentalism; 4: History of environmental science; 5: Changing attitudes to the natural world; Part II: Earth Sciences; 6: Formation and structure of the earth; 7: The formation of rocks, minerals, and geologic structures; 8: Weathering; 9: The evolution of landforms; 10: Coasts, estuaries, sea levels; 11: Energy from the sun; 12: Albedo and heat capacity; 13: The greenhouse effect; 14: The evolution, composition, and structure of the atmosphere; 15: General circulation of the atmosphere; 16: Oceans, gyres, currents; 17: Weather and climate; 18: Glacials, interglacials, and interstadials; 19: Dating methods; 20: Climate change; 21: Climatic regions and floristic regions; Part III: Physical Resources; 22: Fresh water and the hydrological cycle; 23: Eutrophication and the life cycles of lakes; 24: Salt water, brackish water, and desalination; 25: Irrigation, waterlogging, and salinization; 26: Soil formation, ageing, and taxonomy; 27: Transport by water and wind; 28: Soil, climate, and land use; 29: Soil erosion and its control; 30: Mining and processing of fuels; 31: Mining and processing of minerals; Part IV: Biosphere; 32: Biosphere, biomes, biogeography; 33: Nutrient cycles; 34: Respiration and photosynthesis; 35: Trophic relationships; 36: Energy, numbers, biomass; 37: Ecosystems; 38: Succession and climax; 39: Arrested successions; 40: Colonization; 41: Stability, instability, andreproductive strategies; 42: Simplicity and diversity; 43: Homeostasis, feedback, regulation; 44: Limits of tolerance; Part V: Biological Resources: 45: Evolution; 46: Evolutionary strategies and game theory; 47: Adaption; 48: Dispersal mechanisms; 49: Wildlife species and habitats; 50: Biodiversity; 51: Fisheries; 52: Forests; 53: Farming for food and fibre; 54: Human populations and demographic change; 55: Genetic engineering; Part VI: Environmental Management; 56: Wildlife conservation; 57: Zoos, nature reserves, wilderness; 58: Pest control; 59 Restoration ecology; 60: World conservation strategies; 61: Pollution control; 62: Transnational pollution

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