A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics / Edition 2

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This is a completely revised, updated, and expanded version of this hugely successful book, which remains the most wide-ranging and comprehensive dictionary for the study of natural history in its broadest sense. There are over 11,000 entries, providing a working dictionary for students, teachers, researchers, and anyone having an interest within the broad arena of biodiversity studies. The extensive coverage includes classical disciplines (botany, zoology, bacteriology, mineralogy, paleontology, etc.), focusing particularly on concepts, strategies, and methodologies. New information in the book reflects major scientific developments, with special attention given to terminology relating to molecular techniques and to terminology generated by recent initiatives in the study of biological diversity and global climate change.

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"...this work would be useful in fields such as soil science, physical anthropology, biogeography, botany, and zoology. Fans of the first edition will love the second; those in need of a first-rate biology dictionary would do well to acquire this one." Choice

"...if you're looking for a readable reference, useful for academics and non-academics alike, covering not only subtleties of language but a wide range of information relevant to the practising ecologist—you've found it!" Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521438421
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 371
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Dictionary: Appendix 1. Geological time scale; Appendix 2. Terrestrial chronology of the quaternary ice age in the northern hemisphere; Appendix 3. Marine oxygen isotope chronology of the quternary ice age; Appendix 4. Wallace's zoogeographical regions; Appendix 5. Phytogeographical regions; Appendix 6. Terrestrial biomes; Appendix 7. Tectonic plates; Appendix 8. Major oceanic surface currents; Appendix 9. Marine depth zones; Appendix 10. Lacustrine depth zones; Appendix 11. Soil profile and horizon nomenclature; Appendix 12. Zonation of the atmosphere; Appendix 13. Plankton size categories; Appendix 14. Sediment particle size categories; Appendix 15. Taxonomic hierarchy; Appendix 16. SI units; Appendix 17. Temperature conversion chart; Appendix 18. The beaufort wind scale; Appendix 19. Chemical elements; Appendix 20. The electromagnetic spectrum; Appendix 21. Composition of the atmosphere; Appendix 22. Global distribution of water; Appendix 23. The genetic code and amino acids; Appendix 24. Signs and symbols; Appendix 25. Acronyms and abbreviations; Appendix 26. Latin abbreviations; Appendix 27. Greek and Russian alphabets: Roman numerals; Appendix 28. Proof correction marks; Appendix 29. International paper sizes.

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