Synopses & Reviews
Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of ecology. Superb color photographs of animals, plants, and ecosystems reveal the ideas and discoveries that have changed our understanding of life around us. See how plants store their food supply, how dung enriches the soil, how biodiversity is measured, the damage caused by acid rain, and a field-digger wasp capturing a fly. Learn how plants create theirown food, how and when the worlds human population "exploded," and how your backyard provides a small-scale model of life all over t.
Table of Contents
Preliminaries; Contents; What is ecology?; Nature's producers; The transfer of energy; Food webs; Recycling to live; The water cycle; Carbon on the move; Keeping the Earth fertile; The life-giving soil; The distribution of life; Ecological niche; Studying populations; Checks on population growth; Family strategies; Time and nature; Ecology and evolution; Life in the ocean; Surviving in arid lands; A world of ebb and flow; Leaves and needles; Riches of the reef; Sharing the grasslands; Where river meets sea; Scaling the heights; Fresh waters; Incredible diversity; Human ecology; Human impact.