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What is the most important scientific process that takes place on Earth? Many scientists would answer: photosynthesis. This process has made our planet livable for millions of species by providing the materials and the energy that Earth's creatures need. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain how photosynthesis works, how living creatures on our planet use it, and how it relates to the greenhouse effect and global warming. The authors also reveal current ...
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What is the most important scientific process that takes place on Earth? Many scientists would answer: photosynthesis. This process has made our planet livable for millions of species by providing the materials and the energy that Earth's creatures need. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain how photosynthesis works, how living creatures on our planet use it, and how it relates to the greenhouse effect and global warming. The authors also reveal current research on photosynthesis, showing ways that scientists can improve food and its availability through genetic engineering, increase energy sources, and fight fatal diseases such as cancer.

Explains photosynthesis, the process responsible for providing the material and energy for all living things, and discusses such related issues as respiration, the carbon cycle, acid rain, and the greenhouse effect.

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Gr 5 Up--These two books introduce key concepts of science by exploring their development, applications, and relationships to scientific knowledge as a whole. Photosynthesis explains the process; the history of discoveries leading to current understanding of photosynthesis; and related issues such as acid rain, the greenhouse effect, and the use of basic materials that are directly or indirectly dependent on photosynthesis. The authors also explore the topic as an important key to our future. Symbiosis covers mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism, and gives numerous examples of these important partnerships. Further chapters consider the symbiotic relationships that humans have with animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms and concerns that scientists have that "emerging diseases," such as Ebola, might become the world's next great plague. The authors also discuss the possibility of "alien symbionts" being introduced through space exploration. These books are well researched and interesting and the format is inviting for both general-interest reading and research. Scientific terms, which are defined in context as well as in the glossary, are highlighted in boldface type. The high-quality, full-color photographs have informative captions. The lists for further reading include recently published books and an annotated listing of Internet resources.--Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822567981
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Science Concepts, Second Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents


Food for Life     4
Milestones along the Way     14
How It Works     24
Photosynthesis Today     44
Photosynthesis in the Future     62
Glossary     71
Select Bibliography     75
For Further Information     76
Index     78
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

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    This book on photosynthesis offers five chapters that give you specific examples of how photosynthesis works. from the begining to the end. In the first chapter, Food For Life, it tells where the word photosynthesis came from, a greek word meaning 'light' and 'putting together.' Also sertain materials that are rely on this process. The second chapter, Milestone Along The Way, reffers back to 1770, and what photosynthesis ment to people then. In chapter three, How It Works, gives you resoning for each step of photosynthesis. Talks about the roots, stems, leaves, stomates, and alot about chloroplasts and how that is involved with this most important process. In chapter four, Photosynthesis Today, talks more about how everything relates to eachother, and how animals, and plants have so much scientific necessitys in common. the last chapter, Photosynthesis In The Future, talks about the future and when it gets more populated everyone is going to need more. They talk about the improvement of photosynthesis and that when they can understand it better, scientist will be able to design better plants.

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