Biosphere: Ecosystems and Biodiversity Loss

Biosphere: Ecosystems and Biodiversity Loss

by Dana Desonie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816062196

ISBN-13: 9780816062195

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

Earth's astonishing diversity of life-in coral reefs, Arctic tundra, tropical rain forests, deep-sea hot springs, and other environments-is amazing for its beauty and for the ecosystem services it provides. People, however, exploit organisms and ecosystems for food, clothing, shelter, medicines, and fuel. As a result of human activities, species extinctions are…  See more details below

Overview

Earth's astonishing diversity of life-in coral reefs, Arctic tundra, tropical rain forests, deep-sea hot springs, and other environments-is amazing for its beauty and for the ecosystem services it provides. People, however, exploit organisms and ecosystems for food, clothing, shelter, medicines, and fuel. As a result of human activities, species extinctions are occurring at a rate 10 to 100 times faster than in the planet's recent history. Biosphere candidly explores these pressing issues in a clear, accessible format. The information covered in this eye-opening book discusses how ecosystems must be set aside, habitats restored, and global warming thwarted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816062195
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
Our Fragile Planet Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     x
Evolution, Organisms, and Ecosystems     1
The Origin and Evolution of Life     3
Life on Earth     20
Earth's Ecosystems     32
The Sixth Extinction     51
Extinction in Earth History     53
Loss of Habitat     64
Pollution     78
Climate Change     93
Over-harvesting Animals and Plants     102
Invasive Species     122
Saving Biodiversity     133
Why Biodiversity Is Important     135
Saving Endangered and Threatened Species     141
Preserving Lands     148
The Future of Biodiversity Conservation     160
Conclusion     171
Appendix     175
Glossary     182
Further Reading     195
Index     201

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