Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity defines biodiversity as "the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part," including diversity within and between species and of ecosystems. As a result of advances in technology and research and through legislation, the scope of the science continues to expand. The "Encyclopedia of Biodiversity" is a comprehensive full-color resource that illustrates the contributions to the worldwide environment of "healthy" species and the ecological communities in which they live and the importance of preventing existing species from extinction.
The encyclopedia features more than 150 cross-referenced entries--most concluding with sources for further reading--that detail a subject's significance and its relation to biodiversity. The book includes five essays, interspersed throughout the text, that discuss the prodigious number of species worldwide, the coevolution of species, the economic benefits from ecosystem services, and other topical issues.
The encyclopedia also includes a breakdown of the entries by National Science Education Content Standards, grades 9 through 12, and four helpful appendixes--a chronology, a glossary, a bibliography of print and Web resources, and a chart that outlines the myriad characteristics of different groups of organisms--as well as an extensive index. The "Encyclopedia of Biodiversity" is an indispensable publication that will meet the specific demands of students, laypersons, and working professionals with an interest in this interdisciplinary field.
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Related organisations include:
- Biodiversity Action Network
- British Wildlife
- Conservation Handbook Gratis Copies Project
- East Africa Natural History Society / Nature Kenya
- Ecology Matters
- Nature Conservancy
- Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust