Biodiversity: A Reference Handbook
This timely volume explores the multiple issues surrounding biological diversity. In addition to an overview of the major issues in biodiversity, this book features a chronology and biographical sketches of important individuals in the field. Readers also will find related statistics, documents, and illustrations, as well as a directory of organizations that includes web site addresses. A glossary and detailed listing of print and electronic sources complete an informative volume that students, librarians, policy makers, environmentalists, and others will welcome as an invaluable addition to academic and public libraries.
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Diversity of Upper Taxa Marine biologists are quick to decry a species-based
measure of biological richness, because oceans are less species-rich than many
terrestrial ecosystems. But oceans, they point out, are home to members of 43 of
Interfering with ecosystems, or with species within ecosystems, can be a deadly
game. In their book Extinction, Paul and Anne Ehrlich use a metaphor to describe
the folly of tampering with ecosystems. Species are equated with rivets on an ...
Services Provided by Ecosystems A new argument for conservation that is
beginning to supersede the species-by-species approach is that intact
ecosystems provide a great number of useful services. Conservationists argue
that without these ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KeithAkers - LibraryThing
This is a good book even if it is over a decade old. It gives a good overview of what biodiversity is. I liked the analysis of the different ways of defining biodiversity and what the threats are to ... Read full review
Biodiversity: a reference handbookUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, is a hot topic. Early in this decade, only a handful of books on the subject were available; since the mid-1990s, however, as interest in such topics ... Read full review