The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science / Edition 3

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Gr 9 Up-Intended for a broad audience, from students to industry environmental managers, journalists, and government agencies, this work draws on a wide range of disciplines. They include administrative and environmental law, epidemiology and public health, management, and the natural and social sciences. Altogether there are 5400 generously cross-referenced definitions, 450 of them new. Approximately 20 entries list locations, such as Love Canal, that are infamous for environmental disasters. The 46 entries on individuals include Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, and John Muir. Also provided is information about (and sometimes Web site addresses for) many environmental organizations and government agencies and programs. Unfortunately, these are not listed in an appendix. Simple black-and-white diagrams clarify some concepts such as "sanitary landfill" and "wind rose." Where helpful, chemical formulas and mathematical functions are included. The brief definitions, ranging from five lines to half a column, are as clear and as nontechnical as feasible without loss of accuracy. Pronunciations are not indicated. The appendixes include a valuable 680-term acronym list; "Approximate Unit Equivalents," including conversions for various measures of energy, power and pressure; concentrations of gases and aerosol vapors (used in describing levels of environmental contamination); and various statistics. While the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science(2003) has almost twice the number of entries, the definitions here are of greater depth.-Judith V. Lechner, Auburn University, AL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816064373
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Science Dictionaries Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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