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The Handbook of Nature

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The study of nature is a complex science involving many different fields from geology and meteorology to biology, zoology, and botany. This complexity indicates nature’s broad scope of impact. It is at once beautiful and dangerous, displaying power beyond human control. An understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the study of nature is therefore both enriching and practical. In The Handbook of Nature, authors Frank R. Spellman and Joni Price-Bayer provide a comprehensive guide to the study of nature ...

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Overview

The study of nature is a complex science involving many different fields from geology and meteorology to biology, zoology, and botany. This complexity indicates nature’s broad scope of impact. It is at once beautiful and dangerous, displaying power beyond human control. An understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the study of nature is therefore both enriching and practical. In The Handbook of Nature, authors Frank R. Spellman and Joni Price-Bayer provide a comprehensive guide to the study of nature in terms the layperson can grasp easily.

This accessible reference work is for the non-specialist looking for quick, accurate information on all aspects of the study of nature. The handbook is arranged thematically for a logical and user-friendly progression through the material. It includes chapters on the earth’s structure and landforms, the atmosphere and weather, water and water sources, and the many different forms of life from single-celled organisms to complex vertebrates. Along with basic natural scientific principles, the authors look closely at the consequences of human interactions with the environment we inhabit. This reference concludes with a glossary and index, and each chapter provides further resources and recommended reading. It is an essential tool for students and professionals alike.

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Intended for students and non-scientist general readers, this handbook constitutes a multilayered, conversational presentation of information about nature and how nature is studied. The first chapter asks "What is nature?" and includes a narrative about hiking and observing as well as discussion of US Forest Service Management of fire, and some of the processes of nature. Subsequent chapters focus on the earth's structure, the atmosphere, water, life forms (the biosphere, ecosystems, and animal groups), and wilderness. The substantial number of references and the glossary make this volume a good starting point for student research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605907734
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank R. Spellman is author of more than seventy published texts covering many areas of environmental science. He is also a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on environmental health issues related to the U.S. military services. He has a BS in management and MBA, MS, and PhD in environmental engineering.

Joni Price-Bayer is a speech language pathologist with Norfolk Public Schools. She has degrees in both English and education and is a professional member of the American Speech-Language Health Association. She coauthored In Defense of Science with Frank R. Spellman.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Part I What is Nature?
Chapter 1 Introduction
Part II Earth’s Structure
Chapter 2 Composition of Earth
Chapter 3 Reshaping Earth
Part III The Atmosphere: Earth’s Breath
Chapter 4 The Atmosphere
Chapter 5 Atmospheric Water Phenomena
Chapter 6 Atmosphere in Motion
Chapter 7 Weather and Climate
Part IV Water: Earth’s Blood
Chapter 8 Earth’s Water
Chapter 9 All About Water
Chapter 10 Earth’s Oceans and Their Margins
Chapter 11 Running Waters
Chapter 12 Still Waters
Part V Earth’s Life Forms
Chapter 13 Biosphere
Chapter 14 Ecosystems
Chapter 15 The Fundamental Unit of Life
Chapter 16 Biological Diversity
Chapter 17 Animal Groups
Part VI Wilderness
Chapter 18 Land Organism
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