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Environmental Science: A Self-Teaching Guide

Environmental Science: A Self-Teaching Guide

Barbara W. Murck

ISBN: 978-1-119-12860-1 May 2015 360 Pages




The only popular study guide available on environmental science

This new Wiley Self-Teaching Guide introduces learners to all the basics of environmental science, from air pollution to the water cycle, covering both natural systems and human impacts on the environment. Using quick quizzes and self-tests to reinforce key concepts, Environmental Science walks students through this interdisciplinary topic with clarity and thoroughness. With 125 photographs and illustrations, this book is a unique and valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about-and in preserving-our green home.

Acknowledgments v

A Note to the Reader vii

1 Our Unique Planet 1

2 The Interactive Earth 19

3 The Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere 42

4 The Biosphere: Life on Earth 66

5 Earth’s Major Ecosystems 82

6 Habitat and Biodiversity 100

7 People, Population, and Resources 119

8 Living Resources I: Forests, Wildlife, and Fisheries 139

9 Living Resources II: Soils and Agriculture 159

10 Mineral Resources 179

11 Energy Resources 195

12 Water Resources 218

13 Water Pollution and Soil Pollution 235

14 Air Pollution 260

15 Cities and Waste Management 275

16 Global Change 297

Appendix 1: Units and Conversions 327

Appendix 2: Some Great Environmental Science Web Sites 333

Appendix 3: Soil Classifications 337

Index 339