Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Environment (6 Volume Set)

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9780028973814: Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Environment (6 Volume Set)
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Aimed at junior and senior high school students but just as useful to adult readers, this six-volume set provides basic information about topics on conservation and the laws designed to protect the natural environment. Containing about 600 entries ranging from one paragraph to four pages, the work offers information in four major areas. First, it gives basic facts about the natural world and how it functions, offering entries as "habitat," "extinction," and "ecosystems." Second, it explores human interaction with nature in such entries such as "soil erosion," "solid and hazardous wastes," and "forest products." Third, it provides information about the methods and laws developed to conserve nature, such as the Clean Air and Water Acts, Superfund, and the National Park Service. Fourth, it considers ethical relationships with nature, covering individuals who have contributed much to environmental protection, e.g., Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, and Dian Fossey. An excellent feature is the 1000 color photographs, graphs, diagrams, and other illustrations that accompany the entries. At the end of Volume 6, a resource section lists major environmental events, names and addresses of environmental organizations, a selected bibliography, and an excellent index with numerous See also references. This is an outstanding, beautifully illustrated reference source for all age levels, including nonspecialist adults in public libraries as well as middle and high school libraries.?Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 5-9. Though this set is aimed at slightly more advanced students than the 8-volume Grolier Library of Environmental Concepts and Issues (1996), the most obvious difference between the two is structural; Grolier is arranged thematically, while here the approximately 600 articles are presented in alphabetical order, linked by plenty of cross-references, a general index, and a list of headings grouped by subject. As a result, this resource is easy to use for quick reference on specific topics related to pollution, energy and mineral resources, population and endangered wildlife, as well as important figures from Charles Darwin to Dian Fossey. For wider inquiry, it will require a great deal of flipping back and forth. For readers studying green politics, national standards, international conventions and organizations, or environmental legislation, it may be worth the effort, though, for these areas are covered with particular thoroughness. Neither the writers, nor their sources, are cited. The level of information is apt for the intended audience, special terms are defined in nearby glossary boxes, and the pro-conservation slant is judiciously gentle, e.g., "Nuclear Power Plant?Good News and Bad"; "Progress on Western Water Rights." The page layout is full but uncluttered, even though some of the sharp color photos overlap to make more room for text. Volume 6 includes a lengthy, annotated address list of environmental organizations and U.S. government agencies.?John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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