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Title Life on earth : an encyclopedia of biodiversity, ecology, and evolution / edited by Niles Eldredge.

Published Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  333.951103 LIFE  v.1    AVAILABLE
 UniM BioMed  333.951103 LIFE  v.2    AVAILABLE
Physical description 2 volumes (xv, 793 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents v. 1. A-G -- v. 2. H-Z.
Summary In geological terms, we Homo sapiens were born yesterday. Yet during our brief existence we have rocked the planet harder than the meteorite that eliminated the dinosaurs and thousands of other species. Humans have set in motion what could be the largest mass extinction in the history of the planet -- the Sixth Extinction. But we cannot begin to understand the implications of the Sixth Extinction without an understanding of the tremendous biodiversity that is at stake. This two-volume illustrated set, edited by American Museum of Natural History curator Niles Eldredge, provides a comprehensive layperson's guide to our planet's spectacularly diverse life forms and the systems that support them. Detailed, in-depth entries by top experts include topics such as the earth's ecosystems, from tundra to tropical rain forest, and its major groups of organisms, from angiosperms to viruses; threats to biodiversity, such as pollution, habitat destruction, and alien species -- and suggestions for how we can reduce or prevent the damage; and academic disciplines related to the study of biodiversity, including anthropology, biology, botany, earth science, ecology, evolution, paleontology, phylogeny, population studies, and their study methods. With 200 thoroughly indexed and cross-referenced entries, Life on Earth is almost as all-encompassing as its name. Nowhere else can readers find an accessible, meticulous, and comprehensive portrait of our planet's extraordinary diversity of life and the unprecedented threats it faces.
Other author Eldredge, Niles.
Subject Biodiversity -- Encyclopedias.
Biodiversity conservation -- Encyclopedias.
Ecology -- Encyclopedias.
Evolution (Biology) -- Encyclopedias.
ISBN 157607286X (set : alk. paper)
1576077446 (e-book)