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The work of nature : how the diversity of life sustains us

Author: Yvonne Baskin; International Council of Scientific Unions. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 1997.
Series: Stephen E. Draper Center and Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History and Law.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity. She summarizes and explains key findings from the ecological sciences, highlighting examples from around the world where shifts in species have affected the provision of clean air, pure water, fertile soils, lush landscapes, and stable natural communities. Distilling and bringing to life the
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Baskin, Yvonne.
Work of nature.
Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605682482
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yvonne Baskin; International Council of Scientific Unions. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.
ISBN: 1559635193 9781559635196
OCLC Number: 36130716
Notes: "A project of SCOPE, the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment."
Description: xix, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Paul R. Ehrlich --
Preface / Harold A. Mooney and Jane Lubchenco --
Ch. 1. This Web of Life --
Ch. 2. The Keystone Club: Who's Important --
Ch. 3. Community Ties --
Ch. 4. Water: The Essence of Life --
Ch. 5. The Vitality of the Soil --
Ch. 6. Of Plants and Productivity --
Ch. 7. The Power to Shape the Land --
Ch. 8. Climate and Atmosphere --
Ch. 9. Do We Still Need Nature?
Series Title: Stephen E. Draper Center and Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History and Law.
Responsibility: Yvonne Baskin.
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