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Environmental Scienceby Barbara W. Murck
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a self-teaching guide
Learn environmental science at your own pace
Where does Earth's energy come from? What is the environmental impact of fishing? How does the natural greenhouse effect work? What causes plate motion? With Environmental Science: A Self-Teaching Guide, you'll discover the answers to these questions and many more about this complex, ever-evolving field.
This thorough primer presents an easy-to-follow, proven method for grasping the basics of environmental science, from the water cycle and air pollution to environmental management and alternative energy sources. Focusing on the scientific aspects of the study of the environment, the text integrates key concepts from biology, geology, chemistry, and physics, covering both natural systems and human influences. The clearly structured format of Environmental Science makes it fully accessible, providing an easily understood, comprehensive overview for everyone, from students to professionals in fields that have been affected by environmental change.
Like all Self-Teaching Guides, Environmental Science allows you to build gradually on what you have learned—at your own pace. Questions and self-tests reinforce the information in each chapter and allow you to skip ahead or focus on specific areas of concern. Packed with useful, up-to-date information, this clear, concise volume is a valuable learning tool and reference for anyone interested in learning more about—and in preserving—our green home.
The only popular study guide available on environmental science
This new Wiley Self-Teaching Guide introduces learners to all the basics of environmental science, from air pollution to the water cycle, covering both natural systems and human impacts on the environment. Using quick quizzes and self-tests to reinforce key concepts, Environmental Science walks students through this interdisciplinary topic with clarity and thoroughness. With 125 photographs and illustrations, this book is a unique and valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about-and in preserving-our green home.
About the Author
BARBARA MURCK, PHD, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography and the Environment Programs at the University of Toronto at Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Environmental Geology, Dangerous Earth, Geology Today, and Geology: A Self-Teaching Guide, all from Wiley.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader.
1. Our Unique Planet.
2. The Interactive Earth.
3. The Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere.
4. The Biosphere: Life on Earth.
5. Earth’s Major Ecosystems.
6. Habitat and Biodiversity.
7. People, Population, and Resources.
8. Living Resources I: Forests, Wildlife, and Fisheries.
9. Living Resources II: Soils and Agriculture.
10. Mineral Resources.
11. Energy Resources.
12. Water Resources.
13. Water Pollution and Soil Pollution.
14. Air Pollution.
15. Cities and Waste Management.
16. Global Change.
Appendix 1: Units and Conversions.
Appendix 2: Some Great Environmental Science Web Sites.
Appendix 3: Soil Classifications.
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