Major topics include the evolution of biodiversity, systems for classifying and defining biodiversity, ecological patterns and theories of biodiversity, and an assessment of contemporary patterns and trends in biodiversity. Approximately 1,800 figures and 350 tables complement the text, and more than 3,000 glossary entries explain key terms.
Articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology. Plus definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, biographies, images, videos, and more.
California Natural History Guides Series:
More than 100 of these useful guides have been published. Here is a sample:
A multifaceted primer on California soil ecosystems, soil types, as well as soil-affecting processes such as fires, floods, and erosion. The guide also details the history of land use in the state, including large scale agriculture, mining, and urban development.
Delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the path from industrialization to environmental restoration. Covers tracing mercury through the aquatic ecosystem, finding ways to convert salt ponds back to tidal wetlands, anticipating the repercussions of climate change, and more. The guide also tells how San Francisco Bay sparked an environmental movement that now reaches across the country.
Covers the basics of fire ecology; looks at the effects of fire on wildlife, soil, water, and air; discusses firefighting organizations and land management agencies; explains current policies; and offers an overview of major wildfires in California's history.
It takes 8 gallons of water to grow a tomato; 616 gallons to make a burger patty. In fact, the food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water, according to the California Farm Bureau. Where does all that water come from? This book describes California rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, the environment, and politics.
Identifies and describes native California tree species and most common shrub species. The authors discuss the dominant vegetation types, climates, principal landforms, and elevations of California's ecological regions. Includes line drawings, range maps, and color photographs.
Species accounts cover the life cycles, habits, distribution, and significance of each pest and discuss valuable options for reducing or avoiding damage from diseases, fungi, parasitic plants, animals, and other destructive factors such as such as air pollution, salt, and frost.
Selected websites for Natural Resources and Conservation. See this page for more.
Search across federal science agency publications; includes Energy Citations Database, NASA Technical Report Server, USGS Publications Warehouse, etc.
A collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, this site serves as a gateway to more than 1800 scientific web sites. The site allows metasearching of free full-text and bibliographic databases such as Energy Citations Database, NASA Technical Report Server, NTIS, PubMed, Agricola, USGS Publications Warehouse, etc.
WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, and focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.