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The Work of Nature : How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us

von Yvonne Baskin

Kategorie: Ökologie
ISBN: 1559635193

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From Booklist Baskin, a science journalist with a pleasingly lucid style, reports on the findings of an innovative ecological survey conducted in the hopes of answering the question, "What are the possible consequences of the accelerating losses in biodiversity?" Biodiversity is more than the earth's "lavish array of organisms," to use Baskin's lovely phrase; it embraces the myriad interactions among those species (at least 100 million, according to some estimates) that make the planet "hospitable for humanity." As scientists become increasingly attuned to the complexity of the interconnectedness of plants and animals, from the tiniest of microflora that keep our soil fertile, to the largest of mammals, they are beginning to recognize the functional role of each species in the ceaseless work of keeping our air and water clean. People do, indeed, need each and every life-form on the planet; the eradication of other species through the destruction of natural habitats will lead inexorably to the demise of their own. Donna Seaman

Synopsis Summarizes and explains key findings from the ecological sciences and examines threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity, highlighting examples from around the world where shifts in species have affected air, water, soil, and ecosystems. For general readers and students. Annotation c. by B

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