Cover image for Ecology
Pollock, Steve (Stephen Thomas)
Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2000]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Illustrations and text provide information about ecology in general, specific ecosystems, and our changing understanding of life around us.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.5 1.0 11060.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.1 7 Quiz: 16354 Guided reading level: NR.


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Material Type
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QH541.14 .P65 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH541.14 .P65 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction STEM
QH541.14 .P65 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize

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Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking , and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of ecology. Superb color photographs of animals, plants, and ecosystems reveal the ideas and discoveries that have changed our understanding of life around us. See how plants store their food supply, how dung enriches the soil, how biodiversity is measured, the damage caused by acid rain, and a field-digger wasp capturing a fly. Learn how plants create their own food, how and when the world's human population "exploded", how your back yard provides a small-scale model of life all over the Earth. Discover the links in the seashore food chain, how the buffalo was saved from extinction, why insects such as locusts are subject to population explosion, natural pest control, and much, much more!

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These three series entries explore their specific subjects, emphasizing technological and societal aspects as well as historical connections, in an appealing format. The books feature double-page topic treatments, each with numerous illustrations that are clearly labeled and accompanied by extensive captions. Portraits of scientists and biographical notes on their contributions to their fields are included. Electronics describes the changes in machines from pre-electric times to the modern world of computers with portable satellite terminals, facsimiles, VCR remote controls, command and communication centers on aircraft carriers, and other technological innovations. Explanations of the scientific principles that underlie these advances are also offered. Human Body serves as an interesting overview of the fields of anatomy and physiology as well as a visual guide to the structure and physiology of the body. The full-color photographs of well-crafted museum models are outstanding. Following a definition of Ecology, this volume is packed with information about the interrelationships of living things, and between them and their environment, all of which is well organized and presented in an understandable manner. All are excellent introductions to the areas of science they explore; their striking visuals make them particularly attractive.-Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

What is ecology?p. 6
Nature's producersp. 8
The transfer of energyp. 10
Food websp. 12
Recycling to livep. 14
The water cyclep. 16
Carbon on the movep. 18
Keeping the Earth fertilep. 20
The life-giving soilp. 22
The distribution of lifep. 24
Ecological nichep. 26
Studying populationsp. 28
Checks on population growthp. 30
Family strategiesp. 32
Time and naturep. 34
Ecology and evolutionp. 36
Life in the oceanp. 38
Surviving in arid landsp. 40
A world of ebb and flowp. 42
Leaves and needlesp. 44
Riches of the reefp. 46
Sharing the grasslandsp. 48
Where river meets seap. 50
Scaling the heightsp. 52
Fresh watersp. 54
Incredible diversityp. 56
Human ecologyp. 58
Human impactp. 60
Ecology todayp. 62
Indexp. 64