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Provides students with an up-to-date introduction to the study of the environment
From two active scientists with decades of research experience comes a book that provides a non-quantitative approach that is based on principles, critical thinking, and the big questions that are driving the field today. Essential Environmental Science offers a condensed look at the subject of environmental science, covering topics in a way that will help readers answer the "big questions." It eliminates overly detailed and more advanced topics in order to make the material more accessible while also placing the focus on today's important issues. The book is an excellent learning tool for helping to educate the next generation of environmentally aware students.
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There are about 30,000 Asian elephants in the wild. What are the causes behind the decline? What can be done about saving the elephant population from extinction while also benefiting the growing human population?
Dr. Melissa Songer and Danielle Shanahan, scientists from teh Conservation GIS Lab at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Track wild Asian elephants in the Bago Yoma, Myanmar, with the help of a timber elephant and his mahout, a Hindi word for keeper of elephants. Satellite collars are deployed on 4 elephants in Myanmar, allowing scientists to remotely monitor elephant movements, even through dense forest and steep terrain. Data from the collars provides insight into the requirements of their habitat, dynamics, of their seasonal movements, and home range size. The land of Bago Yoma shown here is steadily being converted to agriculture to help feed the growing human population in the area. As people encroach on elephant habitat, there is an increase in human-elephant conflicts that are detrimental to both sides. Analysis of elephant movement data and community assessments will help to develop and implement new land-use strategies that will minimize conflict and benefit elephants and people.
This work is part of a larger research program led by Dr. Peter Leimgruber, assessing the ecology and conservation status of Asian elephants in Myanmar.About the Author:
Edward A. Keller is the author of Essential Environmental Science, Binder Ready Version, published by Wiley. Daniel B. Botkin is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is President of the Center for the Study of the Environment.
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