Fresh Water / Edition 2

Fresh Water / Edition 2

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by E. C. Pielou
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226668150

ISBN-13: 9780226668154

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Fresh water surrounds us, in the ground beneath our feet, as vapor in the air above, and in lakes, rivers, and streams everywhere. It is always in motion, forever cycling, from the surface and below it into the air and back again. Wherever it flows it shapes the land; it carves canyons in the rock and dissolves caverns deep underground; it permeates wetlands; it caps

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Fresh water surrounds us, in the ground beneath our feet, as vapor in the air above, and in lakes, rivers, and streams everywhere. It is always in motion, forever cycling, from the surface and below it into the air and back again. Wherever it flows it shapes the land; it carves canyons in the rock and dissolves caverns deep underground; it permeates wetlands; it caps the mountain peaks with snow; and it eventually finds its way to the sea. Fresh water is an agent of nature, ever present, always active, always at work.

In Fresh Water, E. C. Pielou describes the natural history of this vital ingredient of the natural world. It is seldom thought of as having a "natural history" of its own, but as she shows, water is as interesting and as worthy of study as the plants and animals that naturalists customarily limit themselves to.

With a true naturalist's curiosity, Pielou explores the remarkable ways of water. Where does it come from, and where does it go? How does it move over and under the earth, and into the atmosphere? How does it affect the land? As the world's supply of clean, fresh water continues to dwindle, it becomes increasingly important that we understand the close connection between water and life. Chris Pielou considers all these topics, providing a keen and compelling look at the science and the wonder of fresh water.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226668154
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Ch. 1: The Water Cycle
Ch. 2: Water below the Ground: Groundwater
Ch. 3: Groundwater in Use
Ch. 4: Water below the Ground: Vadose Water
Ch. 5: Flowing Water: Rivers and Streams
Ch. 6: Rivers at Work
Ch. 7: Lakes
Ch. 8: When Water Freezes
Ch. 9: Dams, Diversions, and Reservoirs
Ch. 10: Wetlands
Ch. 11: Microscopic Life
Ch. 12: Water in the Atmosphere: Vapor, Clouds, Rain, and Snow
Notes
Index

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Fresh Water Review Splash! The sound water makes as a rock is thrown into a lake. Water makes many noises, considering that Earth¿s surface is made up of approximately 70% water. Water can come in several different forms such as lakes, oceans, ponds, rivers, rain, streams, and vapor. E.C. Pielou conveys many of these points throughout a book called `Fresh Water¿. Considering that she is a former professor of mathematical ecology at Dalhousie University, and is the heir of the Lawson medal of the Canadian Botanical Association and the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America, I would believe that she knows her information on this book. In `Fresh Water¿, E. C. Pielou portrayed the natural history of this fundamental element of the genuine world. The idea of having a history lesson of its own, she illustrates, water is as attractive and as valuable of a study as plants and animals species that naturalists regularly restricts themselves to. These water forms are expressed in explicit detail throughout the reading of `Fresh Water¿ by E. C. Pielou. E. C. Pielou communicates her knowledge on the way water is shown on Earth. The author uses very informative tactics, detailed steps, and great sources to support his argument. With her point of view towards water, it leads me to highly recommend this book because of the creditable sources, and the general, yet important information about water. The author makes the reader feel comfortable throughout the discovery of water. She begins by renewing the basics of how water keeps on replenishing the bodies of water. The step by step diagrams shows the procedure refreshing the mind from early elementary science class. With the basics covered, the author brings the reader into more relevant issues that I found very important. She also tells the reader a vital fact on how water circulates. The author explains, ¿It ranges from minutes or hours, as when a rainstorm blows inland from the sea, to thousands of years, the time during which a water drop may be frozen into a glacier. Indeed, there isn¿t a sharp distinction between circulating and noncirculating water: given enough time- hundreds of thousands, or millions, of years- all water circulates¿ (p.2). The author schools the reader on how the water is stored underground, frozen in polar ice caps, and trapped within the Earth¿s core. She then explains the information about the water storage then demonstrates using an illustration on how the water works. Without the author¿s diagrams, I would try to dig up my backyard to see whether water is really stored underground. Through her diagrams and her writing help the reader learn more abut water and how it is around the world in many forms. E.C. Pielou use easy to understand information, which is the key to learning any new topic. E.C. Pielou uses clear diction to explain her language to get the facts across. She tries her best not to bore the reader by adding informative comments about the creatures living in the water. She explains to the reader how important it is to recycle, to preserve the water. By preserving the water, the water will be clean fresh water for animals in the future, to drink without the pollutants. She also notifies the significance of water in everyday society, whether the water plays the role of a place for animals to live, drinking water, or the role of humidity to dehydrate and form condensed vapors into the atmosphere. The writer, furthermore, acknowledges the way water is a part of the environment. How it plays the position in the ecosystem, thus bringing nutrients into dams and canals for animals and bacteria to feed on. She shows that with fresh water, the environment can function normally to let life grow and feed as intended. Pielou is a great author, using honorable sources of books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspaper articles (that are relevant) and journals to support her idea laid