The Earth in Transition : Patterns and Processes of Biotic Impoverishment

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The Earth in Transition : Patterns and Processes of Biotic Impoverishment

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521391375
  • DDC分類 304.2

Full Description


Life occurs, as far as we know, only as part of the earthly biosphere. Yet the earth's biotic resources are experiencing a spreading crisis that is leading not only to the most rapid loss of species in the last 65 million years, but also causing abrupt changes in the structure and function of natural communities. This disturbance, unfortunately, is the result of human carelessness in the name of advancing civilisation. As our technologies and societies continue to improve and grow, we remove ourselves more and more from our natural habitat; as a consequence, we destroy countless numbers of species of every style and complexity. To identify and begin rectifying this dangerous situation, a group of outstanding environmental scientists has compiled a collection of case studies that illustrate the changes being wrought on the biosphere by the human presence.

Table of Contents

1. Global change and the patterns of
impoverishment
2. Chronic disturbance and natural ecosystems:
forests
3. Chronic disturbance and natural ecosystems:
Woodlands, grasslands and tundra
4. Chronic disturbance and natural ecosystems:
aquatic and emergent ecosystems
A. Marine systems
B. Freshwater systems
5. Conclusion: steps toward a world that runs
itself.