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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Offering essential environmental wisdom for the twenty-first century, this lively, compact book explains more than sixty basic ecological concepts in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. From Air and Biodiversity to Restoration and Zoos,Ecology: A Pocket Guideforms a dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through. An accessible, informative guide to achieving ecoliteracy, it tells the story of the amazing interconnectivity of life on Earth and along the way provides the ecological understanding necessary for fighting environmental degradation. This new edition has been updated throughout and features five new essays on the topics of biotechnology, global warming, migration, smell, and tourism.

Author Biography

Ernest Callenbach is the author of Ecotopia, an environmental classic that has sold nearly a million copies, Bring Back the Buffalo (UC Press), and Ecotopia Emerging, among other books. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area

Table of Contents

Ecology: Planetary to Microscopic Scales (drawings)p. ix
Introductionp. xv
Airp. 3
Algaep. 8
Bacteriap. 8
Biodiversityp. 13
Bioregionp. 15
Biosphere/Ecospherep. 18
Biotechnologyp. 18
Carbonp. 20
Carrying Capacityp. 23
Communityp. 25
Conservationp. 27
Cyclesp. 29
Decompositionp. 31
Deforestation/Desertificationp. 33
Ecologyp. 34
Ecosystemp. 39
Energyp. 41
Environmentp. 48
Environmental Justicep. 49
Evolutionp. 51
Extinctionp. 55
Firep. 58
Food Websp. 61
Fungip. 63
Gaiap. 66
Global Warmingp. 68
Growthp. 76
Habitatp. 78
Impactsp. 80
Interdependencep. 83
Kingdomsp. 85
Land Usep. 87
Microbesp. 88
Migrationp. 90
Nichep. 94
Nitrogenp. 95
Organicp. 98
Phosphorusp. 99
Photosynthesisp. 100
Pollutionp. 102
Populationp. 105
Predationp. 107
Protistsp. 109
Quarantinep. 110
Restorationp. 112
Sexp. 117
Smellp. 121
Soilp. 123
Speciesp. 126
Successionp. 127
Sulfurp. 129
Sustainabilityp. 130
Symbiosisp. 132
Taxonomyp. 134
Timep. 135
Tourismp. 137
Toxicsp. 138
Urban Ecologyp. 139
Valuesp. 145
Virusesp. 149
Waterp. 151
Wilderness/Wildnessp. 154
Xeriscapep. 156
Yieldp. 157
Zoosp. 159
A Postscript: The Power of Wordsp. 163
Recommended Readingp. 167
Acknowledgmentsp. 169
Indexp. 171
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