The Resource Preserving the living earth, Christine Petersen
- Preserving the living earth, Christine Petersen
- Statement of responsibility
- Christine Petersen
- Bibliography note
- Includes bibliographical references and index
- our place in nature: intro to ecosystems (narrative example); characteristics of life; biotic and abiotic factors; human adaptations; environmental threats -- the variety of life: classification and nomenclature; three domains of life; defining biodiversity (with examples); overexploitation, climate change -- energy and matter in ecosystems: levels of ecosystem organization; photosynthesis and cellular respiration; food chains, energy pyramids, effects of introduced species and removal of predators; garbage/plastic pollution in the oceans; nutrient cycles and runoff pollution -- ecosystem interactions: predator-prey interactions and adaptations; symbiosis and parasites in salmons; adaptations to the physical environment migration, metabolic strategies (torpor, hibernation, plant dormancy), climate change and phenology -- a changing world: Nicolaus steno fossils and sedimentary rock formations; Hutton and Lyell uniformitarianism; William Smith and comparative ages of fossils; Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle and theory of natural selection (with Wallace); Mendel's heredity experiments; types of speciation; mass extinction; ecological succession; introduced species -- everything has limits: Malthus' exponential growth; population density; carrying capacity and limiting factors; reproductive strategies; boom-and-bust cycles; resource partitioning; competitive exclusion; specialists vs. generalists; reducing our impact
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- 24 cm
- 112 p.
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- col. ill.
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