9780073019260

Principles of Environmental Science : Inquiry and Applications

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  • ISBN13:

    9780073019260

  • ISBN10:

    0073019267

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/13/2005
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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Summary

This book is intended for use in a one- or two-semester course in environmental science, human ecology, or environmental studies at the college or advanced placement high school level. Because most students who will use this book are freshman or sophomore nonscience majors, the authors have tried to make the text readable and accessible without technical jargon or a presumption of prior science background. At the same time, enough data and depth are presented to make this book suitable for many upper-division classes and a valuable resource for students who will keep it in their personal libraries after their formal studies are completed. The goal of this book is to provide an up-to-date, introductory view of essential themes in environmental science along with emphasis on details and case studies that will help students process and retain the general principles.

Table of Contents

1 Understanding Our Environment

2 Principles of Ecology: Matter, Energy, and Life

3 Populations, Communities, and Species Interaction

4 Human Populations

5 Biomes and Biodiversity

6 Environmental Conservation: Forests, Grasslands, Parks, and Nature Preserves

7 Food and Agriculture

8 Environmental Health and Toxicology

9 Air: Climate and Pollution

10 Water: Resources and Pollution

11 Environmental Geology and Earth Resources

12 Energy

13 Solid and Hazardous Waste

14 Sustainability and Human Development

15 Environmental Science and Policy

Appendix 1 Vegetation Map

Appendix 2 World Population Density Map

Appendix 3 Temperate Regions and Ocean Currents Map

Appendix 4 Periodic Table of Elements

Appendix 5 Units of Measurement Metric/English Conversion

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