A primer for environmental literacy /

Presents key concepts of environmental science in a style that can be understood by those who are not scientists.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Golley, Frank B.
Format: eBook
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
Description:1 online resource (xiv, 254 pages) : illustrations.
Online Access:Available to Lehigh users via JSTOR
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Table of Contents:
  • Foundation concepts: The environment
  • The system
  • Hierarchial organization
  • Land and water systems: The ecosphere, with comments on the Gaia hypothesis and the biosphere
  • Energy dynamics
  • The composition of the earth
  • The biome
  • The landscape
  • The watershed
  • The ecotope
  • Species diversity
  • Primary production and decomposition
  • Ecological succession
  • The population and the individual: The population as a demographic unit
  • Life-history adaptations
  • The individual organism
  • Body size and climate space
  • Speciation and natural selection
  • Interaction between individuals and species: Interactions between individuals
  • Mutualism
  • Competition
  • Predation
  • Coevolution and niche
  • The biotic community
  • Island biogeography
  • Human ecology
  • Conclusion : ecology, environment and ethics.