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Biodiversity II: Understanding and Protecting Our Biological Resources

Biodiversity II: Understanding and Protecting Our Biological Resources (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

By Academy of Sciences, National
By Henry Press, Joseph
Edited by Reaka-Kudla, Marjorie L.
Edited by Wilson, Don E.
Edited by Wilson, Edward O.

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Explores strategies for quantifying, understanding, and protecting biodiversity. This volume describes an understanding of how megacenters of diversity are formed, maintained, and lost; what can be learned from mounting bird extinctions; and how conservation efforts for neotropic... read full description below.

ISBN 9780309055840
Published 15 January 1997 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd Revised edition
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ISBN-13 9780309055840
ISBN-10 0309055849
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint Henry (Joseph) Press
Publication Date 15 January 1997
International Publication Date 16 September 1996
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd Revised edition
Edition 2nd Revised edition
Author(s) By Academy of Sciences, National
By Henry Press, Joseph
Edited by Reaka-Kudla, Marjorie L.
Edited by Wilson, Don E.
Edited by Wilson, Edward O.
Category Zoology & Animal Sciences
Management Of Land & Natural Resources
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 744g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Biological diversity, Biological diversity conservation, Ecosystem management
NBS Text Environment & Ecology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 333.95
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

"The book before you ...carries the urgent warning that we are rapidly altering and destroying the environments that have fostered the diversity of life forms for more than a billion years." With those words, Edward O. Wilson opened the landmark volume Biodiversity (National Academy Press, 1988). Despite this and other such alarms, species continue to vanish at a rapid rate, taking with them their genetic legacy and potential benefits. Many disappear before they can even be identified. Biodiversity II is a renewed call for urgency. This volume updates readers on how much we already know and how much remains to be identified scientifically. It explores new strategies for quantifying, understanding, and protecting biodiversity, including New approaches to the integration of electronic data, including a proposal for a U.S. National Biodiversity Information Center. Application of techniques developed in the human genome project to species identification and classification. The Gap Analysis Program of the National Biological Survey, which uses layered satellite, climatic, and biological data to assess distribution and better manage biodiversity.The significant contribution of museum collections to identifying and categorizing species, which is essential for understanding ecological function and for targeting organisms and regions at risk. The book describes our growing understanding of how megacenters of diversity (e.g., rainforest insects, coral reefs) are formed, maintained, and lost; what can be learned from mounting bird extinctions; and how conservation efforts for neotropical primates have fared. It also explores ecosystem restoration, sustainable development, and agricultural impact. Biodiversity II reinforces the idea that the conservation of our biological resources is within reach as long as we pool resources; better coordinate the efforts of existing institutions--museums, universities, and government agencies--already dedicated to this goal; and enhance support for research, collections, and training. This volume will be important to environmentalists, biologists, ecologists, educators, students, and concerned individuals.

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Marjorie L. Reaka-Kudla, Don E. Wilson, and Edward O. Wilson, Editors; A Joseph Henry Press book

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