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This 1 volume reference set is the English translation of the original Catalan edition, composed by a team of international authors writing under the auspices of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. The encyclopedia covers the earth's ecosystems, their characteristics and their operations, and explains how these ecosystems have been transformed by human activity, while presenting the main species of the planet. Each volume covers the ecosystem's environmental factors, plants and animal ecology, human influences and biosphere reserves.
Vol 1 - Our living planet, Vol 2 - Tropical Rain Forests, Vol 3 - Savannahs, Vol 4 - Deserts, Vol 5 - Mediterranean Woodlands, Vol 6 - Temperate Rain Forests, Vol 7 - Deciduous Forests, Vol 8 - Prairies and Boreal Forests, Vol 9 - Lakes, Islands and the Poles, Vol 10 - Oceans and Seashores, Vol 11 - The Biosphere, Concept and Index.