Land and Land Appraisal

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Author: R.O. Whyte

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401015775

Category: Science

Page: 384

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This book is designed to present those principles and techniques for land appraisal which are applicable to all developing countries. Examples of specific situations in which these techniques have been or might be adopted are taken primarily from monsoonal and equatorial Asia. It is in this region that the land/food/population problem is most acute. It is also the writer's region of specialization; over the past ten years out of a total of some twenty-five years working in or closely concerned with Asia, an attempt has been made to examine the major problems ofland potential in relation to rural economy and nutrition in the whole region, and in particular to show to what extent its different parts resemble or differ from each other. The geographical scope comprises mainland southern, southeast and east Asia, from Pakistan to the People's Republic of China and Korea, with the insular monsoonal and equatorial lands of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, East Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan (part). International and bilateral agencies and specialists outside Asia repeatedly insist that Asia must learn to feed itself from the produce of its own land, or from imported foods paid for by the exports of primary and secondary commodities and of manufactured products to the developed world.

Landscape Bionomics Biological-Integrated Landscape Ecology

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Author: Vittorio Ingegnoli

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 8847052262

Category: Science

Page: 431

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"Landscape Bionomics,” or “Bio-integrated Landscape Ecology,” radically transforms the main principles of traditional Landscape Ecology by recognizing the landscape as a living entity rather than merely the spatial distribution of species and communities on the territory, often analysed in separate themes (water, species, pollution, etc.). To be more exact, the landscape is identified as the "life organization integrating a set of plants, animals and human communities and its system of natural, semi-natural, and human cultural ecosystems in a certain spatial configuration." This new perspective inevitably leads to significant changes in how to assess and manage the environment. This book represents the culmination of an endeavor begun by the author, with the support of Richard Forman and Zev Naveh, more than a dozen years ago. It builds on the author’s previous successful publication, Landscape Ecology, A Widening Foundation, by addressing a range of additional topics and discussing the new theoretical and methodological concepts that have emerged during the past decade of research. Particular attention is paid to the fact that interventions in the landscape can be made with the best intentions yet cause serious damage! Against this background, the author explains the need to study "landscape units" by applying methods comparable to those used in clinical diagnosis – hence ecologists can be viewed as the “physicians” of ecological systems.

Encyclopedia of Adaptations in the Natural World

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Author: Adam Simmons

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313355576

Category: Science

Page: 202

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This is a fascinating encyclopedia comparing the most important adaptations and evolutions in the natural world with the most important discoveries and inventions of human history. • Provides diagrams of the process of photosynthesis, the functional areas of the human brain, and the bluefin tuna • Includes 58 photographs and electron microscope images illustrating the adaptations in the book • Presents bibliographic listings of key reference books, internet resources, and academic papers for further reading

Vertebrate Biology

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Author: Donald W. Linzey

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science, Engineering & Mathematics

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 530

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This long-awaited entry into the Vertebrate Biology market has been praised for its student-friendly writing style. The text contains many pedagogical aids for students including boldface key terms throughout and a comprehensive glossary. End-of-chapter pedagogy includes a list of supplemental readings, a listing of related Internet sites, and chapter review questions.

Pillars of Evolution

Fundamental Principles of the Eco-evolutionary Process

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Author: Douglas W. Morris,Per Lundberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198568797

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Changes the conceptual hierarchy between biology and evolution, providing new insights into biology and philosophy. It introduces the science of 'evology' and defines its six core themes of mechanics, dynamics, pattern, structure, function, and scale.

Calendar

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Author: University of Cape Town

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Essential Readings in Evolutionary Biology

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Author: Francisco J. Ayala,Francisco José Ayala,John C. Avise

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421413051

Category: Science

Page: 576

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Traces scholarly thought from the nineteenth-century birth of evolutionary biology to the mapping of the human genome through forty-eight essays, arranged in chronological order, each preceded by a one-page essay that explains the significance of the chosen work.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fifth Edition, Volumes One and Two

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Author: James R. Pfafflin,Edward N. Ziegler

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439851867

Category: Science

Page: 1440

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Completely revised and updated, Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fifth Edition spans the entire spectrum of environmental science and engineering. Still the most comprehensive, authoritative reference available in this field, the monumental two-volume encyclopedia has expanded to include 87 articles on topics ranging from acid rain, air pollution, and community health, to environmental law, instrumentation, modeling, alternative energy, toxicology, radioactive waste, and water treatment. The articles have been extensively revised and updated, new ones have been added to cover the latest developments related to today's environmental problems. The result is a reference work that provides the information necessary to understand, manage, and respond to threats to the human environment.

The Princeton Guide to Ecology

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Author: Simon A. Levin,Stephen R. Carpenter,H. Charles J. Godfray,Ann P. Kinzig,Michel Loreau,Jonathan B. Losos,Brian Walker,David S. Wilcove

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400833023

Category: Nature

Page: 832

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The Princeton Guide to Ecology is a concise, authoritative one-volume reference to the field's major subjects and key concepts. Edited by eminent ecologist Simon Levin, with contributions from an international team of leading ecologists, the book contains more than ninety clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics within seven major areas: autecology, population ecology, communities and ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and biosphere management. Complete with more than 200 illustrations (including sixteen pages in color), a glossary of key terms, a chronology of milestones in the field, suggestions for further reading on each topic, and an index, this is an essential volume for undergraduate and graduate students, research ecologists, scientists in related fields, policymakers, and anyone else with a serious interest in ecology. Explains key topics in one concise and authoritative volume Features more than ninety articles written by an international team of leading ecologists Contains more than 200 illustrations, including sixteen pages in color Includes glossary, chronology, suggestions for further reading, and index Covers autecology, population ecology, communities and ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and biosphere management

UC Santa Cruz

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Author: University of California, Santa Cruz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Which University?

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Universities and colleges

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Catalogs of Courses

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Author: University of California, Berkeley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Includes general and summer catalogs issued between 1878/1879 and 1995/1997.

Maximum Entropy and Ecology

A Theory of Abundance, Distribution, and Energetics

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Author: John Harte

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191621161

Category: Science

Page: 280

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This pioneering graduate textbook provides readers with the concepts and practical tools required to understand the maximum entropy principle, and apply it to an understanding of ecological patterns. Rather than building and combining mechanistic models of ecosystems, the approach is grounded in information theory and the logic of inference. Paralleling the derivation of thermodynamics from the maximum entropy principle, the state variable theory of ecology developed in this book predicts realistic forms for all metrics of ecology that describe patterns in the distribution, abundance, and energetics of species over multiple spatial scales, a wide range of habitats, and diverse taxonomic groups. The first part of the book is foundational, discussing the nature of theory, the relationship of ecology to other sciences, and the concept of the logic of inference. Subsequent sections present the fundamentals of macroecology and of maximum information entropy, starting from first principles. The core of the book integrates these fundamental principles, leading to the derivation and testing of the predictions of the maximum entropy theory of ecology (METE). A final section broadens the book's perspective by showing how METE can help clarify several major issues in conservation biology, placing it in context with other theories and highlighting avenues for future research.

Fundamentals of ecology

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Author: Eugene Pleasants Odum

Publisher: W B Saunders Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 574

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A college text which provides a comprehensive overview of the principles and concepts of ecology, environments, and ecological technology

Evolutionary Parasitology

The Integrated Study of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, and Genetics

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Author: Paul Schmid-Hempel

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0199229481

Category: Science

Page: 536

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Parasites are among the most serious threats for any organism. This book brings together the latest knowledge from different fields and traces the basic ecological and evolutionary principles behind the eternal and momentous struggle between hosts and their parasites, providing a synthesis of current understanding.