Cover image for Nature encyclopedia : [an A-Z guide to life on earth].
Nature encyclopedia : [an A-Z guide to life on earth].
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
472 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
General Note:
Sub-title from dust-jacket.

Covers earth sciences, life sciences, flora and fauna, and biographies--Pref.

"Nature-related websites": p. 472.
Format :


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QH13 .N37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Boasting more than one thousand color pictures, diagrams, tables, and photographs, The Nature Encyclopedia offers a stimulating reference guide that will enthrall everyone interested in the natural world, whether student or amateur naturalist. Here are more than 6,500 alphabetically arranged entries that cover all aspects of nature, from the rich diversity of the Earth's flora and fauna and their habitats, through significant biological processes, to such pressing modern issues as conservation, pollution, and resourcesustainability. Readers will find information on microscopic animals such as plankton and on the great blue whale that feed on these animals. Indeed, there are entries on virtually any topic under the sun--alligators and butterflies, stately red woods and poisonous mushrooms, dank rain forests andglittering coral reefs. In addition to the general entries, some 30 special interest topics--from evolution and genetics to new forms of taxonomy--are covered in individually designed, single- and double-page features. Focusing on subjects that educational specialists consider key, these featurearticles include in-depth text and more comprehensive illustrations than found in a normal entry, to ensure a full understanding of the topic. The encyclopedia also features a Ready Reference section that provides a wealth of at-a-glance information on subjects such as endangered species, ecosystemconversions, and important natural history institutions. Each of the entries has been written by recognized authorities in fields ranging from biology and zoology to botany and earth science. Whether you are interested in deserts or forests, farm animals or wild predators, long-extinct dinosaurs or tiny creatures in your own back yard, you will find ample information in The Nature Encyclopedia.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This one-volume reference has over 6500 alphabetically arranged entries covering the earth sciences, life sciences, flora and fauna, and biographies of earth and life scientists. Most entries are brief one-paragraph definitions, with about 30 topics expanded into feature articles. Over half the entries describe plant and animal species listed by their common names. More than 1000 color illustrations, mostly drawings, complement the text by providing additional facts. The cross references are useful, although it is unclear why some terms are inverted and others are not. Supplemental sections provide a chronology, facts and statistics, taxonomy, museums, web sites, and more. Compared with The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, edited by James Trefil, this work has a narrower scope and higher reading level and is more like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. Much of the information is readily accessible in other sources, but this is a handy reference tool for quick definitions. Recommended for public and academic libraries where there is a need. Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

If you wake up each morning, full of wonder and curiosity regarding the new day and the abundance of natural life that surrounds us, and wish to learn a little more about it, this encyclopedia would be a wonderful place to start. It continues the reputation of Oxford's dictionaries and encyclopedias for clear, concise, and excellent presentations of scientific information on all topics, and contains more than 1,000 color pictures, diagrams, tables, and photographs of the Earth's flora and fauna, illustrating more than 6,500 alphabetically arranged entries. Some are brief selective biographies of eminent scientists and naturalists. Besides the general entries, 30 special interest topics are covered in more detail with comprehensive illustrations. The volume also includes an extensive chronology of science, a ready reference to facts and statistics, 10,000 cross-references to the main entries and articles, and a nomenclature relating common to scientific names and classifications. The book will attract a broad band of users, young people to experienced nature lovers. R. J. Havlik emeritus, University of Notre Dame