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Title:
The Facts on File dictionary of ecology and the environment
Author:
Bailey, Jill.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
vii, 248 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816049226
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Book

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The Facts On File Dictionary of Environmental Science covers the terms and concepts used in the high school Advanced Placement course in environmental science. Like the subject - which is interdisciplinary and involves ideas from a number of fields of study - this volume deals with the science behind interrelationships of the natural world as well as with natural and human environmental problems. In terms high school and undergraduate students will understand, it explains the underlying principle of environmental science which holds that the Earth is a single interconnected system that can be altered by human activity and that cultural, social, and economic factors are vital to the development of environmental solutions and it defines the various terms, issues, and ideas that constitute the fundamental elements of the science.


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One in a series of Facts on File dictionaries on scientific subjects, this volume covers terms and concepts in ecology and environmental science. Its entries (there are more than 2,000) define terms concisely and accurately in language easily understood. Bailey intended to make this dictionary useful for high school students taking advance placement courses or undergraduates taking introductory courses. Many new terms (e.g., El Nino, La Nina) are included, as are a few individuals who have made significant contributions in these fields, such as Robert MacArthur (American ecologist) and Carl Sagan (American astronomer). Line drawings and diagrams help clarify some definitions, and cross-references point to related or preferred terms. A comparable work, P.H. Collin's Dictionary of Ecology and Environment (4th ed., CH, Mar'02), is similar in content and format, but Bailey's definitions are easier to understand simply because they are slightly longer. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. High school, college, and university libraries. R. G. Sabin Rice University


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Environmental science is coming into its own as a popular and important field of research while it maintains close links to fields such as biology, Earth science, weather science, and others. The Facts On File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment covers the terms and concepts that are used in the high school AP course in environmental science. Like the subject--which is interdisciplinary and involves ideas from a number of fields of study--this volume deals with the science behind interrelationships of the natural world as well as with natural and human environmental problems. In terms high school and undergraduate students will understand, it explains the underlying principle of environmental science--which holds that the earth is a single interconnected system that can be altered by human activity and that cultural, social, and economic factors are vital to the development of environmental solutions. The dictionary defines more than 2,000 terms, issues, and ideas that constitute the fundamental elements of the science. Appendixes include classification of plants and animals and a list of websites. Coverage includes: Acid rain Biodiversity Carbon sink Deforestation Endangered species Food web Industrial melanism Kyoto Protocol Montreal Protocol Nuclear energy Pyramid of biomass Smog Terrestrial ecosystems Waste disposal and more. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment 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.