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About this book
Presents both Earth science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as a discussion of the human dimensions of change. Oriented towards the scientific non-specialist.
Part 1 The natural system: Earth's lithosphere - geologic time and building blocks; Earth's lithosphere - plate tectonics; Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere; Earth's ecosphere; biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients, and oxygen; historical framework of global environmental change. Part 2 The human dimension: world population, development, and resource consumption; the changing Earth surface - terrestrial vegetation; the changing Earth surface - land and water; the changing atmosphere - acid deposition and photochemical smog; the changing atmosphere - global climatic change; human dimensions of global environmental change. Answers to study questions. Glossary. Bibliography.