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Introduction to Environmental Science

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: Michelle Rogers-Estable
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  • 1.

    Introduction to Environmental Science

    This book is designed to acquaint you with the physical, ecological, social, and political principles of environmental science.

  • 2.

    Scientific Method & Modeling

    This chapter provides an introduction to scientific investigations, methods, observations, and communication.

  • 3.

    Energy and Chemistry of Life

    This chapter covers energy, matter, the significance of carbon, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, amino acids, biochemical, and chemical properties and reactions, and the special properties of water.

  • 4.

    Biogeochemical Cycles and Recycling Matter

    This chapter introduces important nutrient and matter cycles that help maintain healthy ecosystems: the water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, and finally the roles of these cycles in climate change.

  • 5.

    Evolution of Species and Ecosystems

    This chapter covers Darwin's Theory of Evolution, the common ancestry of all life and natural selection, including fossils, comparative anatomy and embryology, molecular biology, and biogeography.

  • 6.

    The Principles of Ecology

    This chapter covers ecology and its relationship to energy flows through ecosystems, habitats, photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, and respiration, as well as community interactions such as predation, competition, symbiosis and ecological succession.

  • 7.

    World Biomes

    This chapter covers both terrestrial and aquatic biomes.

  • 8.


    New geological ages are characterized by changes in global environmental conditions and large scale shifts in types of species. Humans are now changing the world on a global scale and ushering in the new era in geologic time.

  • 9.

    Populations & Urban Sprawl

    This chapter covers the biology of natural populations as related to human populations and analyzes dynamics such as growth rates, geometric and logistic growth patterns, and limits to population growth.

  • 10.

    The Biodiversity Crisis

    This chapter covers the delicate balance between humans and the earth; addressing natural resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, soils, land, water, and the atmosphere.

  • 11.

    Environmental Hazards & Toxicology

    There are different kinds of environmental hazards that affect the health of humans, animals, plants and ecosystems.

  • 12.

    Land Use & Degradation

    Human use and misuse of land leads to desertification, degradation and erosion of natural resources and land.

  • 13.

    Energy Use & Natural Resources

    Natural resources are covered, including a look at renewable and non-renewable energy. Tragedy of the Commons is reviewed and discussed.

  • 14.

    Air Pollution

    Atmospheric Structure and pollution sources, acid rain, and ozone depletion.

  • 15.

    Climate Change

    The Carbon Dioxide (CO 2 ) Problem The Problem The carbon dioxide problem can be stated relatively simply: More than six and a half billion people burn fuel to keep warm, to provide electricity to light their homes and to run ind

  • 16.

    Water: Use, Pollution & Remediation

    Both water quality and water quantity are concerns for the new millenium. Types of water pollution and use are covered, as well as water remediation methods.

  • 17.

    Coastal Degradation & Issues

    Introduction to Coastal Pollution Importance of Coastal Regions Coastal waters are important for many reasons: People like to live near the coast.

  • 18.

    Environmental Economics & Law

    Economics Primer Economics is the process by which humans manage their environment and its resources.

  • 19.

    Sustainable Development

    This chapter covers sustainable development, environmental education, indigenous rights, and prosperity measures.

  • 20.

    Strategy to Review: Conservation Management

    This environmental strategy deals with a conservation management system (CMS). CMS is a project-based planning and recording system aimed at managing conservation features within acceptable limits of variation.

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Difficulty Level:
At Grade
Date Created:
Jul 11, 2011
Last Modified:
Feb 03, 2015
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