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The Earth in Transition: Patterns and Processes of Biotic Impoverishment

Edited By: GM Woodwell

530 pages, 24 b/w photos, 35 tables, 46 line diagrams

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2010 | #185610 | ISBN-13: 9780521398183
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Hardback | Mar 1991 | #13289 | ISBN: 0521391377
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Life occurs, as far as we know, only as part of the earthly biosphere. Yet the earth's biotic resources are experiencing a spreading crisis that is leading not only to the most rapid loss of species in the last 65 million years, but also causing abrupt changes in the structure and function of natural communities. This disturbance, unfortunately, is the result of human carelessness in the name of advancing civilisation. As our technologies and societies continue to improve and grow, we remove ourselves more and more from our natural habitat; as a consequence, we destroy countless numbers of species of every style and complexity. To identify and begin rectifying this dangerous situation, a group of outstanding environmental scientists has compiled a collection of case studies that illustrate the changes being wrought on the biosphere by the human presence.

First published in 1990.

'...this is an exceptionally competent book, the only one of its sort to achieve a systematized, also systemic, insight into the question of how far and how fast we are reducing the biotic diversity of the Earth.' Nature


1. Global change and the patterns of impoverishment; 2. Chronic disturbance and natural ecosystems: forests; 3. Chronic disturbance and natural ecosystems: Woodlands, grasslands and tundra; 4. Chronic disturbance and natural ecosystems: aquatic and emergent ecosystems; A. Marine systems; B. Freshwater systems; 5. Conclusion: steps toward a world that runs itself.

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