352 pages, Col and b/w photos, illus, figs, maps
Analysis of the basic function of worldwide ecosystems, the species within them, the nature of human impact, and appropriate responses. The book covers conservation technologies and applications. It provides insight into contemporary issues and the historical significance of conservation.
Part 1 Basic concepts: the ecosystems concept and conservation ecology; the ecology of extinction. Part 2 Terrestrial ecosystems: temperate forests and shrublands; grasslands and tundra; deserts; moist tropical forests; tropical savannas and woodlands; coastal ecosystems; islands. Part 3 Special problems of terrestrial ecosystems; large animal problems; migratory birds; predator ecology and management; pesticides and wildlife. Part 4 Aquatic ecosystems: lakes, ponds and marshes; rivers and streams; oceanic ecosystems; coastal marine ecosystems. Part 5 Special problems of aquatic ecosystems: marine mammals and birds; chemical pollutants in aquatic ecosystems; acid deposition. Part 6 Conservation theory and practice: sustained yield management; conservation economics; management of exotic species; conserving genetic diversity; endangered species preservation; the design of natural preserves. Part 7 Conservation past and present: history of conservation; global conservation programmes.
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