The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species: A Worldwide Guide to Plants and Animals

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Confronting the possibility that as many as 20 percent of existing plants and animals will be extinct by 2030, The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species is an indespensable resource for locating and identifying different species of wildlife and shows how human survival depends on biodiversity. This useful reference traces the movement and dispersion of animals and plants across continents, catalogs the inhabitants of different ecosystems, and provides at-a-glance information about vulnerable species. It also ...
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Overview

Confronting the possibility that as many as 20 percent of existing plants and animals will be extinct by 2030, The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species is an indespensable resource for locating and identifying different species of wildlife and shows how human survival depends on biodiversity. This useful reference traces the movement and dispersion of animals and plants across continents, catalogs the inhabitants of different ecosystems, and provides at-a-glance information about vulnerable species. It also presents an authoritative and easy-to-understand analysis of the key environmental issues in case studies that examine the major threats to biodiversity and the measures being taken toward conservation. The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species is an important and accessible reference suitable for professionals and students alike.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780142000724
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Series: Reference Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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Richard MacKay is environmental officer at the University of Cambridge and specializes in ecological issues and sustainable development. His recent work has involved wildlife and environmental issues.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Photo credits 9
Pt. 1 Extinction is Forever
Evolution 12
Mass Extinctions 14
Dinosaurs 16
Hominids 18
Pt. 2 Ecosystems
Tropical Forests 22
Temperate Forests 24
Grasslands 26
Wetlands 28
Mangroves 30
Coral Reefs 32
Pt. 3 Fragile Regions
The Arctic 36
The Antarctic 38
Australia 40
Central and South America 42
Galapagos Islands 44
Madagascar 46
Pt. 4 Endangered Animals and Plants
Primates 50
Big Cats 52
Ungulates 54
Elephants and Rhinos 56
Bears 58
Rodents 60
Bats 62
Dolphins and Whales 64
Reptiles and Amphibians 66
Invertebrates 68
Fish 70
Plants 72
Pt. 5 Endangered Birds
Birds 76
Birds of Prey 78
Parrots and Cockatoos 80
Seabirds 82
Migratory Birds 84
Pt. 6 Issues of Conservation
Animal Biodiversity 88
Plant Biodiversity 90
Ecological Hotspots 92
Conserving Animals 94
Conserving Plants 96
Conserving Domestic Breeds 98
Import Trade 100
Export Trade 102
Pt. 7 World Tables
Protected Ecosystems and Biodiversity 106
Threatened Species 114
References 122
Index 126
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