Environmental Science: The Natural Environment and Human Impacts

Environmental Science: The Natural Environment and Human Impacts


By (author) Andrew R. W. Jackson, By (author) Julie M. Jackson

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 20mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0582227097
  • ISBN 13: 9780582227095
  • Illustrations note: index

Product description

Provides a clear and authoritative introduction to environmental science equiping the reader with the fundamental concepts and vocabulary necessary to explore complex environmental phenomena and issues. There are two main parts. The first, "The Natural Environment" reviews the major attributes of the environment in the absence of human activity. The second part of the book, "Human impact on the Natural Environment" deals with the environmental consequences of both natural resource exploitation and the production of pollutants are explored in depth. The second part closes with a discussion of the principles and practice of waste management.

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Review quote

'...the most successful introduction to the environmental sciences that I have yet seen.' (New Scientist)

Table of contents

Part One: The Natural Environment Section One: The Physical Environment Chapter 1. The Organisation of Matter Chapter 2. The Laws of Energy Flow and Equilibrium Chapter 3. The Earth's Surface Chapter 4. The Atmosphere Chapter 5. The Nutrient Cycles Section Two: The Biological Environment Chapter 6. The Cellular Basis of Life Chapter 7. Ecosystems Chapter 8. Population Dynamics Chapter 9. Biological Communities Chapter 10. Biomes Part Two: Human Impact on the Natural Environment Section Three: Natural Resources Chapter 11. Land Utilisation Chapter 12. The Major Extractive Industries Chapter 13. Energy Production Section Four: Pollution and Waste Management Chapter 14. Water Pollution Chapter 15. Atmospheric Pollution Chapter 16. Waste Management Section Five. Case Studies Appendices Index.