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Title:
The encyclopedia of the environment
Author:
Kellert, Stephen R.
Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
Summary:
Provides basic information about such topics in the environmental sciences as rain forests, savannas, sewage and sewage treatment, topography, troposphere, and more.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531117095
Format :
Book

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- Sidebars- Bibliography- "Organizations and Agencies" section- Index


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Booklist Review

Editor Black is the director of school programs at the New Canaan Nature Center. In this volume, he aims to inform young people about wildlife and the environment and state his positive faith in what people can do to clean up the world and make it safer for living organisms. There are more than 300 entries arranged in A^-Z format, from Acid rain to Zoos and aquariums. Length ranges from approximately 50 to 500 words. Abundant cross-references link related entries. There are four varieties of sidebars throughout the volume: "Keywords," "Endangered Species," "Profile" (brief biographies), and "Fast Facts," each identified with an icon. Readers will enjoy the graphics: maps, graphs, charts, and illustrations, including more than 100 photographs. One slight criticism regarding the graphics is that page number and letter of the alphabet that appear on the edge of each page are sometimes difficult to read against their decorative background. Following the two-page bibliography is a listing of organizations and agencies with their addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites. The detailed index provides page numbers for main entries in bold type and lists notable people, like Dian Fossey, in italics. Four out of the 14 environmentalists profiled are women: Rachel Carson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Dian Fossey, and Margaret Mee. Perhaps in future editions, more women could be included, such as Senator Barbara Boxer, who strengthened the Safe Drinking Water Act; Lois Gibbs, heroine of Love Canal and founder of Citizens Against Hazardous Waste; and Debbie Sease, the primary lobbyist of the California Desert Protection Act. Photographs of all the profiled environmentalists would be another useful addition. Overall, there is much to like about this resource. Not as detailed or comprehensive as Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Environment [RBB Jl 97], it is a good ready-reference tool for students at the middle-school level. Recommended for school and public libraries.