The Song of the Dodo
Title The Song of the Dodo PDF eBook
Author David Quammen
Publisher Vintage
Pages 712
Release 1996
Genre Science
ISBN

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Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.



The Song Of The Dodo
Title The Song Of The Dodo PDF eBook
Author David Quammen
Publisher Random House
Pages 706
Release 2012-03-31
Genre Nature
ISBN 1448137403

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Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into island-like fragments by human activity, the implications of this question are more urgent than ever. Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.



The Song of the Dodo
Title The Song of the Dodo PDF eBook
Author David Quammen
Publisher Scribner
Pages 706
Release 1997-04-14
Genre Nature
ISBN 9780684827124

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“Compulsively readable—a masterpiece, maybe the masterpiece of science journalism.” —Bill McKibben, Audubon A brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope and far-reaching in its message, The Song of the Dodo is a crucial book in precarious times. Through personal observation, scientific theory, and history, David Quammen examines the mysteries of evolution and extinction and radically alters our understanding of the natural world and our place within it. In this landmark of science writing, we learn how the isolation of islands makes them natural laboratories of evolutionary extravagance, as seen in the dragons of Komodo, the elephant birds of Madagascar, the giant tortoises of the Galapagos. But the dark message of island studies is that isolated ecosystems, whether natural or human-made, are also hotbeds of extinction. And as the world’s landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, are carved into pieces by human activity, the implications of this knowledge are more urgent than ever. An unforgettable scientific adventure, a fascinating account of an eight-year journey of discovery, and a wake-up call for our time, David Quammen’s The Song of the Dodo is an exquisitely written book that takes the reader on a globe-circling tour of wild places and extraordinary ideas.



Going Places
Title Going Places PDF eBook
Author Robert Burgin
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Pages 605
Release 2013-01-08
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN 161069385X

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Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide. Just as savvy travelers make use of guidebooks to help navigate the hundreds of countries around the globe, smart librarians need a guidebook that makes sense of the world of travel narratives. Going Places: A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives meets that demand, helping librarians assist patrons in finding the nonfiction books that most interest them. It will also serve to help users better understand the genre and their own reading interests. The book examines the subgenres of the travel narrative genre in its seven chapters, categorizing and describing approximately 600 titles according to genres and broad reading interests, and identifying hundreds of other fiction and nonfiction titles as read-alikes and related reads by shared key topics. The author has also identified award-winning titles and spotlighted further resources on travel lit, making this work an ideal guide for readers' advisors as well a book general readers will enjoy browsing.



Inventing Global Ecology
Title Inventing Global Ecology PDF eBook
Author Michael L. Lewis
Publisher Ohio University Press
Pages 321
Release 2004
Genre Animal ecology
ISBN 0821415409

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Earth's Changing Environment
Title Earth's Changing Environment PDF eBook
Author Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
Publisher Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
Pages 128
Release 2010-03-01
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 161535364X

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Give your students, librarians, and teachers accurate and reliable information on climate change with Earth's Changing Environment. Written for ages 10 to 17, this comprehensive look at the environment focuses on climate, greehouse effect, global warming, and the Kyoto Protocol while exploring the delicate web of life with articles on ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, endangered species, deforestation and desertification. The effects fo environmental pollution and efforts to protect the environment and to convserve its resources are also addressed.



Biogeography
Title Biogeography PDF eBook
Author C. Barry Cox
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Pages 510
Release 2016-03-15
Genre Science
ISBN 111896859X

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Through eight successful editions, and over nearly 40 years, Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach has provided a thorough and comprehensive exploration of the varied scientific disciplines and research that are essential to understanding the subject. The text has been praised for its solid background in historical biogeography and basic biology, that is enhanced and illuminated by discussions of current research. This new edition incorporates the exciting changes of the recent years, and presents a thoughtful exploration of the research and controversies that have transformed our understanding of the biogeography of the world. It also clearly identifies the three quite different arenas of biogeographical research: continental biogeography, island biogeography and marine biogeography. It is the only current textbook with full coverage of marine biogeography. It reveals how the patterns of life that we see today have been created by the two great Engines of the Planet - the Geological Engine, plate tectonics, which alters the conditions of life on the planet, and the Biological Engine, evolution, which responds to these changes by creating new forms and patterns of life.