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The Facts on File dictionary of environmental science
Wyman, Bruce C.
Personal Author:
New edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2001]

Physical Description:
v, 458 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Stevenson's name appears first on the earlier edition.
Added Corporate Author:

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TD9 .S74 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
TD9 .S74 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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This comprehensive dictionary reflects the great diversity of disciplines impacting on the environmental arena. The book covers many topics including acid rain, global warming and synthetic fuels, and contains more than 4000 entries, drawn from fields as diverse as agriculture, toxicology and law.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

This concise, easy-to-read dictionary of terms and jargon used in the field of environmental science is one in a series of scientific dictionaries from Facts On File appealing to both beginners and the more advanced in the respective fields. It lacks the more lengthy descriptive material and the often more specialized entries of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering (3v., Gordon & Breach). In the dictionary under review, the researcher will find general-science terms like culture dish, coal, and genetics as well as terms more specific to environmental science such as Eckenfelder's equation, soil sorption coefficient, and sound power level. Although many of the entries can also be found in the most current edition of Environmental Glossary (Governmental Institutes), the brief descriptions here are more readable and user-friendly. The overlap with another recent Facts On File title, The Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies (RBB Ja 15 92), is minimal. The dictionary stresses the scientific aspects of the field, while the encyclopedia also addresses social policy issues. Appendixes include a list of acronyms, approximate unit equivalents, standard (average) human factors, chemical elements, and the Greek alphabet. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries. (Reviewed Feb. 1, 1992)

Library Journal Review

This environmental dictionary includes over 3000 terms, with heavy emphasis on U.S. government agencies and laws, chemistry, engineering, public policy, and environmental health. Words and phrases such as ``rad,'' ``greenhouse effect,'' ``ozone layer,'' and ``nuclear winter'' are all here. A useful list of acronyms such as EPA, EIS, and GRAS is also included. Unfortunately, there is no pronunciation guide. Michael Allaby's Dictionary of the Environment (Macmillan, 1989. 3d ed.) includes more on flora and fauna, less on law and engineering, so the two are complementary. This title, with so few competitors, seems essential for most public and science libraries.-- Laura Lipton, Miller Horticulture Lib., Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA--Clearly worded definitions pre sented in an appealing format make this an essential reference work. The field is so vast that the terms represent many disciplines; students with assignments in science, social science, health, com puters, etc., will find it a great re source. Definitions are often cross-ref erenced, thus opening up new avenues for research. Appendixes include acro nyms, abbreviations, unit equivalents, concentrations, and chemical elements. Multiple copies would all be well used.--Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In this third edition, Wyman and Stevenson (both, McNeese State Univ.) significantly expand the subject areas and target audiences of the first two (CH, Mar'92, 29-3690; CH, Oct'01, 39-0664). Nearly 5,400 entries, including 450 new terms, cover topics ranging from chemical contamination of air, water, and food to waste treatment and disposal. In addition, new entries for past and present environmentalists, places, environmental organizations, and government agencies/programs have been added. Though there are (still) no bibliographies, 14 appendixes cover acronyms and abbreviations; earth, atmosphere and water statistics; unit prefixes and equivalents; common energy units; concentrations; standard human factors; plastic recycling codes; world population growth; carbon cycle; chemical elements; and the Greek alphabet. Librarians will find this dictionary useful for identifying related terms, which are heavily cross-referenced, as will high school students and college science/engineering majors. The entries are written to be understandable to nonexperts but may seem oversimplified for specialists on environmental issues. This volume will be particularly useful for high school and undergraduate libraries, and for public libraries with patrons interested in environmental issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates and general readers. E. A. Francis The Ohio State University



Praise for the previous edition: ...clearly worded definitions presented in an appealing format make this an essential reference work. - School Library Journal Thoroughly revised and updated, this comprehensive dictionary reflects the great diversity of disciplines impacting on the environmental arena. More than 4,000 entries are drawn from agriculture, biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, microbiology, soil science, geology, meteorology, toxicology, government, law, and more. The dictionary is for students, teachers, businesspeople, politicians, science and technical writers, and general readers interested in this fast-growing and sometimes controversial field. Topics covered include: Acid rain Environmental legislation Environmental Protection Agency Global warming Hazardous materials from waste sites Land and marine erosion Recycling of post-consumer waste Responsive Care Initiative of the Chemical Manufacturers Association Solid waste management Synthetic fuels Volcanic eruptions Zero population and more. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science by L. Harold Stevenson, Bruce Wyman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. iv
Prefacep. v
Entries A to Zp. 1
I. Acronyms (and Other Abbreviations)p. 436
II. Unit Prefixesp. 451
III. Approximate Unit Equivalentsp. 452
IV. Concentrationsp. 454
V. Standard (Average) Human Factorsp. 455
VI. Plastic Recycling Codesp. 455
VII. The Chemical Elementsp. 456
VIII. The Greek Alphabetp. 458