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Library Journal
The 1500 articles overseen here by Rice (biology, Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ.; Life of Earth) include coverage of coevolution, convergence, ecosystem services, monocots, natural selection, and Edward O. Wilson. Articles range from 500 words to 8000 words in length each, and some come from Rice's Encyclopedia of Evolution (2007). Historical periods are covered, but the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which underpins the online Encyclopedia of Life, has no entry or index entry, and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Earth Day lack entries—indications that the work is not geared toward the politics and government of biodiversity. Country information is included within entries such as "Tropical Rain Forests." Rice helpfully gears material to the National Research Council's Science Education Content Standards of C, D, F and G for grades 9–12. VERDICT The text is suitable for high school students but advanced enough for adult readers, too. Although there are many encyclopedias on ecology, resources, and science, this one presents important biodiversity topics in one volume, providing a handy overview for term papers and class presentations.—J. Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY
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Gr 9 Up—Spanning a wide range of topics and subjects from acid rain and fog to the evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson, these comprehensive entries are aligned to the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards for high school. It's evident that the author, a professional botanist, has spent the last 20 years making biodiversity accessible to students and readers; his material, although sophisticated, is clearly written and well organized. Adequate background information is included, allowing readers with little prior knowledge to understand new concepts and ideas. Tables, charts, and color photographs are interspersed throughout. Following most entries, which may range from a few paragraphs to a few pages, the author provides a list of books, Web sources, and/or scientific journals for further reading. Back matter includes an extensive glossary, a thorough chronology, and a bibliography, all of which will provide welcome support to student researchers.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077267
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Science Encyclopedia Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 616
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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