A Primer For Environmental Literacy / Edition 1

A Primer For Environmental Literacy / Edition 1

by Frank B. Golley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300070497

ISBN-13: 9780300070491

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

This broad-ranging book presents the key concepts of environmental science in an accessible style that can be understood by those who are not natural scientists. It offers a way to improve environmental literacy-the capacity to understand the connections between humans and their environment.

Unique in its breadth and simplicity, the book is also unusual in that it

…  See more details below

Overview

This broad-ranging book presents the key concepts of environmental science in an accessible style that can be understood by those who are not natural scientists. It offers a way to improve environmental literacy-the capacity to understand the connections between humans and their environment.

Unique in its breadth and simplicity, the book is also unusual in that it uses a "top-down" approach, starting with a global scale and proceeding to smaller units of organization until it reaches the individual organism. It is divided into four parts. The first introduces three core concepts-the environment, the system, and environmental hierarchies-and applies these ideas to the earth as a system. The second focuses on land and water systems, beginning with the whole earth and ending with the ecotope (small-scale systems in which we work, live, and play). The third section is concerned with populations and individuals. The final section builds up from individuals to the biotic community. The book ends with an overview of human ecology and with general conclusions about the conditions of the biosphere. The book, which includes a reading list for each topic, is ideal for the student or general reader interested in learning more about the environment and how to value it.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300070491
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Environmental Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Cluster 1Foundation Concepts
1The Environment3
2The System10
3Hierarchical Organization18
Cluster 2Land and Water Systems
4The Ecosphere, with Comments on the Gaia Hypothesis and the Biosphere29
5Energy Dynamics37
6The Composition of the Earth45
7The Biome59
8The Landscape69
9The Watershed78
10The Ecotope90
11Species Diversity101
12Primary Production and Decomposition109
13Ecological Succession118
Cluster 3The Population and the Individual
14The Population as a Demographic Unit127
15Life-History Adaptations138
16The Individual Organism146
17Body Size and Climate Space154
18Speciation and Natural Selection163
Cluster 4Interaction Between Individuals and Species
19Interactions Between Individuals173
20Mutualism181
21Competition188
22Predation198
23Coevolution and Niche205
24The Biotic Community211
25Island Biogeography217
26Human Ecology224
Conclusion: Ecology, Environment, and Ethics229
Literature Cited239
Index249

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >