Environmental Science:
How the World Works and Your Place in It


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  • 528 pages, hardbound, four-color
  • Divided into six units, which are broken up into nearly seventy smaller sections
  • Each section begins with a list of Objectives and ends with several Questions for Study and Discussion.  These include the vocabulary and review questions from that section.
  • Sidebars features include Did You Know? sections presenting information related to the section and Environmental Challenge sections in which students are asked to evaluate an environmental issue or solve a problem
  • Websites providing more information on a topic are also presented in the sidebars and in a complete list at the back of the book

Below is a complete listing of the units and sections from the Student Edition.

Unit 1 Introduction to Ecology—The Basics
 1.1 Ecologya Study of Relationships
 1.2 Food Chains and Food Webs
 1.3 A CLOSER LOOK: PredatorsA Natural Balance?
 1.4 A CLOSER LOOK: The Case of the Missing Hawks
 1.5 A CLOSER LOOK: CoyotesOpportunistic Omnivores
 1.6 The Flow of Energy Through an Ecosystem
 1.7 Cycles in the Ecosystem
 1.8 SuccessionChanging Ecosystems
 1.9 A CLOSER LOOK: The Disappearing Lake
 1.10 A CLOSER LOOK: More than Treesan Old-Growth Forest Ecosystem
 1.11 A CLOSER LOOK: LoggingMaking Clear-cut Decisions
 1.12 A CLOSER LOOK: Spare that Snag
 1.13 A CLOSER LOOK: Introduced Species
 1.14 A CLOSER LOOK: Will Endangered Species Become Extinct?
 1.15 A CLOSER LOOK: A Question of Hunting

Unit 2 The AtmosphereIs the Sky Falling?
 2.1 The Thin Blue Blanket
 2.2 Weather Patterns
 2.3 A CLOSER LOOK: A Changing ClimateWhat are the Consequences?
 2.4 The Air Around Us
 2.5 Chemicals that Pollute the Air
 2.6 The Effects of Air Pollution
 2.7 A CLOSER LOOK: AsbestosEverybody’s Problem
 2.8 Radiationas a Pollutant
 2.9 A CLOSER LOOK: RadonAre You at Risk?
 2.10 A CLOSER LOOK: The Blue MountainIn the Shadow of a Smelter
 2.11 A CLOSER LOOK: The EPA at the “Palmerton Zinc Superfund Site”
 2.12 A CLOSER LOOK: Disaster in Bhopal
 2.13 A CLOSER LOOK: Forecast: Acid Deposition (Acid Rain)
 2.14 Clearing the AirStationary Sources
 2.15 Clearing the AirAutomobiles and Other Vehicles

Unit 3 Food for the TableChanges Through Science and Technology
 3.1 FoodBefore the Big Mac
 3.2 AgricultureThe Development of Technology
 3.3 The Good Earth
 3.4 The Soil Disappears
 3.5 A CLOSER LOOK: A National Monument Created by Erosion
 3.6 Providing Food for an Expanding Population
 3.7 Fertilizers: Organic vs. Inorganic
 3.8 Pests and PesticidesThey Both Cause Problems
 3.9 A CLOSER LOOK: A Lady Named Carson
 3.10 A CLOSER LOOK: PesticidesHow Safe Are They?
 3.11 A CLOSER LOOK: The Banning of Pesticides
 3.12 IPMA Better Way to Control Pests

Unit 4 Water as an Ecosystem—A Study of Aquatic Life
 4.1 Aquatic Environments
 4.2 Creatures that Live in the Water
 4.3 Plants in an Aquatic Ecosystem
 4.4 Water QualityChemical and Physical Factors
 4.5 Changing the Flow–What it Does to Wildlife
 4.6 A CLOSER LOOK: Trouble at Mono Lake
 4.7 “Waters of the United States” and Other Wetlands
 4.8 A CLOSER LOOK: Can We Save the Chesapeake?
 4.9 Dam the Rivers or Let Them Run Free
 4.10 Rivers on the Land
 4.11 A CLOSER LOOK: MississippiRiver on the Move
 4.12 Cleaning Up the Rivers

Unit 5 Water for the People
 5.1 Poisons in the Water
 5.2 Protecting the Groundwater
 5.3 Before You Drink the Water
 5.4 The Waterworks
 5.5 A CLOSER LOOK: Water in a Bottle
 5.6 A CLOSER LOOK: Fluoride in Your Water Supply–How Much is Enough?
 5.7 Will There be Enough?
 5.8 A CLOSER LOOK: Making More (Water Available) by Using Less
 5.9 A CLOSER LOOK: Making More Fresh Water–Desalting the Sea

Unit 6 Energy—Past, Present and Future
 6.1 EnergyThe Rest of the Story
 6.2 Fossil Fuels—Energy for a Nation
 6.3 Achieving Energy Independence
 6.4 A CLOSER LOOK: Brunner Island and Other Solutions to Thermal Pollution
 6.5 A CLOSER LOOK: Three-Mile-Island
 6.6 A CLOSER LOOK: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or …

 Lab 1.1 Observations of a Duckweed Population
 Field 1.2 Assessing Biodiversity in a Microhabitat
 Lab 1.3 Modeling the Hydrologic Cycle
 Field 2.1 The Effects of Air Pollution on Rubber
 Field 2.2 Monitoring the Intensity of Ultraviolet Radiation
 Lab 2.3 Weather Conditions and the Germination of Seeds
 Lab 3.1 Testing and Fertilizing the Soil
 Issue 3.2 The Human Population–Too Many People?
 Issue 3.3 Examining the Causes of Human Population Growth
 Lab 4.1 The Effect of Temperature on Dissolved Oxygen
 Lab 4.2 Thermal Pollution
 Issue 4.3 Blue Crabs from the Bay–Managing a Natural Resource
 Lab 5.1 The Sandbank Township Groundwater Problem
 Lab 5.2 Testing the Tap Water: Part 1
 Lab 5.3 Behind the Scene at the Waterworks
 Field 6.1 Alternative Energy Sources–Wind Machines
 Lab 6.2 Absorption and Storage of Solar Energy
 Issue 6.3 The Consumer’s Choices
 Issue 6.4 Natural Resources and You

 Safety Rules for Science Classrooms / Metric Table
 Careers (Presentation of Fifteen Careers)
 Glossary (Important Terms, bolded in text, including First Mention references)
 Indexes (General, Internet Connections, Photo and Illustration)