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Extinction
     

Extinction

by Rebecca Stefoff
 
Each year, thousands of species of plants, animals, and insects become extinct, vanishing forever from the earth. Extinction is a subject of deep concern to conservationists and environmentalists who are struggling to preserve the diversity and delicate balance of present-day life on the planet.

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Each year, thousands of species of plants, animals, and insects become extinct, vanishing forever from the earth. Extinction is a subject of deep concern to conservationists and environmentalists who are struggling to preserve the diversity and delicate balance of present-day life on the planet.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 8-12-- A superior account. Stefoff discusses previous extinctions in some depth, effectively contrasting them with the present situation to give a well-balanced treatment of the problems. Beginning with a few examples of human-caused extinctions, she gives a clear idea of the magnitude of the dilemma. She also covers prehistoric extinctions in order to show how the present crisis differs. While presenting some of the more interesting current viewpoints, the author also conveys the current scientific consensus. Most usefully, she outlines up-to-date ideas on ``paths to extinction.'' Particularly effective are the descriptions of the benefits to humanity of biological diversity. Although animal species get most of the attention, some plants are mentioned. Since this is a controversial topic, Stefoff's style of comparing and contrasting viewpoints is particularly appropriate. Christopher Lampton's Endangered Species (Watts, 1988) is shorter and aimed at a lower reading level. The black-and-white illustrations are well keyed to the text; there is a supplementary section of color photos bound into the center. Three boxed articles also interrupt the text. The list of further reading includes recent periodicals as well as books. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791015780
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Series:
Earth at Risk Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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