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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300070491
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Environmental Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii(2)
Introduction ix
Cluster One: Foundation Concepts 3(26)
1. The Environment
3(7)
2. The System
10(8)
3. Hierarchical Organization
18(11)
Cluster Two: Land and Water Systems 29(98)
4. The Ecosphere, with Comments on the Gaia Hypothesis and the Biosphere
29(8)
5. Energy Dynamics
37(8)
6. The Composition of the Earth
45(14)
7. The Biome
59(10)
8. The Landscape
69(9)
9. The Watershed
78(12)
10. The Ecotope
90(11)
11. Species Diversity
101(8)
12. Primary Production and Decomposition
109(9)
13. Ecological Succession
118(9)
Cluster Three: The Population and the Individual 127(46)
14. The Population as a Demographic Unit
127(11)
15. Life-History Adaptations
138(8)
16. The Individual Organism
146(8)
17. Body Size and Climate Space
154(9)
18. Speciation and Natural Selection
163(10)
Cluster Four: Interaction Between Individuals and Species 173(56)
19. Interactions Between Individuals
173(8)
20. Mutualism
181(7)
21. Competition
188(10)
22. Predation
198(7)
23. Coevolution and Niche
205(6)
24. The Biotic Community
211(6)
25. Island Biogeography
217(7)
26. Human Ecology
224(5)
Conclusion: Ecology, Environment, and Ethics 229(10)
Literature Cited 239(10)
Index 249

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