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Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis

Author: Niles Eldredge; Patricia Wynne
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Botswana's Okavango Delta is considered by many to be one of the last "Edens" left on Earth. There a rich assortment of organisms exist in natural equilibrium." "The same insults in microcosm - encroaching agriculture, water diversion, disease, and pollution - threaten the Okavango that in macrocosm threaten the entire planet. Starting with a sensual journey by plane and boat, Eldredge leads a reader first to the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niles Eldredge; Patricia Wynne
ISBN: 0691001251 9780691001258
OCLC Number: 38162847
Notes: "A Peter N. Nevraumont book."
Description: xv, 224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Tales from the swamp --
ch. 2. Biodiversity, evolution, and ecology --
ch. 3. Tree of life --
ch. 4. Ecosystem panorama --
ch. 5. Biodiversity: a threatened natural treasure --
ch. 6. Striking a balance.
Responsibility: Niles Eldredge ; illustrations by Patricia Wynne.
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Eldredge argues that the Earth confronts a disaster in the making--an ecological crisis that, if left unresolved, could ultimately lead to mass extinction on the scale of that which killed the  Read more...

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."..a superb primer on why we should worry about biodiversity ... a clear, concise and beautifully illustrated tour of modern biology..."--Susan Okie, "The Washington Post Book World" ..".a superb Read more...

 
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