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Pond Life: Revised and Updated (Golden Guide)

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This guide describes and illustrates, in full color, the plants and animals that live in or near ponds, lakes, streams, and wetlands. It includes surface-dwelling creatures as well as those of open water, the bottom, and the shore and tells how various animals and plants live together in a community.

Plus suggestions for:

Where and when to look

Observing and collecting specimens

Making exciting discoveries

Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

This guide describes and illustrates in full color the plants and animals that live in or near ponds, lakes, streams, and wetlands. It includes surface-dwelling creatures as well as those of open water, the bottom, and the shore and tells how various animals and plants live together in a community. As well, it provides suggestions for:

· Where and when to look

· Observing and collecting specimens

· Making exciting discoveries

Using clear text and detailed illustrations, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press present accurate information in a handy format for the beginner to the expert. These guides focus on what your students are really going to see. They are easy to use: detailed, full-color illustrations, text, and maps are all in one place. They are easy to understand: accurate, accessible information is simplified without being misrepresented. They are authoritative, containing up-to-date information written experts and checked by specialists. And they are portable: handy and lightweight, designed to fit in a pocket and be carried anywhere.

Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press have been updated and revised to revitalize the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

Synopsis:

This guide describes and illustrates, in full color, the plants and animals that live in or near ponds, lakes, streams, and wetlands. It includes surface-dwelling creatures as well as those of open water, the bottom, and the shore and tells how various animals and plants live together in a community.

Plus suggestions for:

Where and when to look

Observing and collecting specimens

Making exciting discoveries

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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

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Hermester Barrington, August 27, 2007 (view all comments by Hermester Barrington)
A Good Introduction to my Favorite Environment

E.O. Wilson, in his beautiful and brilliant autobiography, has stated that if he could live his life again, he would do so as a microbiologist who would dedicate himself to the study of a single tree and the area immediately surrounding it. He would investigate the organisms and the ecology of that small space, finding enough there to occupy his interest for a lifetime of exploration and research.

Given the same choice, I would choose a pond as my area of study, and this book would be one of the first field guides I would use. It is a basic introduction to the study of small bodies of fresh water: their defining characteristics, the forms they take through the seasons, the cycle of their lives, and the distinct forms they take throughout the United States. It also touches on the physical and chemical characteristics of water, and the importance these have for the organisms that live in or near the pond. The book introduces the concept of food webs and the multiple habitats of lakes and ponds, and also lists and describes some of the basic collecting tools of the limnologist (one who studies bodies of fresh water). The majority of the book is dedicated to the plants and animals which are frequently found near ponds. As one would expect, the emphasis is on how these organisms relate to the others in this environment, whether they are full or part time denizens, and in what types of ponds they can be found. More than merely a book about creatures found in ponds, it presents information about the pond itself and how its many inhabitants and visitors relate to one another there.

The book has two small weaknesses. The first is a slight bias towards organisms found only east of the Mississippi. There is enough information about ponds in general, however, to make this guide useful for any budding limnologist. The second flaw is that the sections on the protozoa and other microscopic organisms are far too short, but as a protozoologist I am perhaps biased. Still, I think that even a few more pages would have added to the value of this section by demonstrating the amazing complexity of these phyla.

As it is, however, the book functions admirably as an introduction to the study of ponds: it will lead beginners into the natural world, and to help them identify what they find there. It is suited for older children and adolescents, and will still be of some use at the college level, if only because it includes a list of more technical reference books. I recommend it for anyone who wants to "take the plunge" into the study of this fascinating environment!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582381305
Editor:
Zim, Herbert Spencer
ill.:
Dolan, Tom
Illustrator:
Kaicher, Sally D.; Dolan, Tom
Editor:
Zim, Herbert Spencer
Author:
Reid, George K.
Author:
Kaicher, Sally D.
Author:
Dolan, Tom
Publisher:
Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Lakes & Ponds
Subject:
Freshwater biology
Subject:
Juvenile literature
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Science & Technology - Biology
Subject:
Freshwater plants
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
Freshwater animals
Subject:
Pond ecology
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Lakes, Ponds & Swamps
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Edition Number:
Rev. and updated
Edition Description:
Revised, Update
Series:
A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
Series Volume:
v. 40:1-155
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes full-color illustrations throug
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
6.01 x 4.11 x 0.29 in

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This guide describes and illustrates, in full color, the plants and animals that live in or near ponds, lakes, streams, and wetlands. It includes surface-dwelling creatures as well as those of open water, the bottom, and the shore and tells how various animals and plants live together in a community.

Plus suggestions for:

Where and when to look

Observing and collecting specimens

Making exciting discoveries

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