eBook UXL Encyclopedia of Biomes, 2nd Edition

  • Marlene Weigel
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  • ISBN-10: 1414444265
  • ISBN-13: 9781414444260
  • DDC: 577.8
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released November 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010
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Overview

What's the difference between a biome and an ecosystem? Why are krill so important to ocean creatures? How do pesticides end up in the tissue of fish-eating birds? Why are marshes so important to wildlife? For answers to questions like these, students need to understand the cycles and systems that regulate biomes.

This fully-updated print edition of U•X•L® Encyclopedia of Biomes offers detailed comparative essays on Earth's 12 major biomes and their component ecosystems: Coniferous Forest, Continental Margin, Deciduous Forest, Desert, Grassland, Lake and Pond, Ocean Rain Forest, River and Stream, Seashore, Tundra, and Wetland.

Entries range from 35 to 45 pages and cover an overview and description, climate, elevation, soil, water bodies, vegetation, animal life, food web, plant and animal adaptations, endangered species, human effects on the biome and the effects of the environment on humans' culture and economy. Illustrations and photographs bring information to life.

Student achievement in science is becoming increasingly important in the United States. U•X•L® Encyclopedia of Biomes aligns with national science standards and middle school science curriculums and is relevant in a variety of subject areas, such as biology, geography, anthropology, and current events.

Each of the 12 chapters on Earth's major biomes contains standardized rubrics allowing for easy access to information and comparative analysis across biomes: Overview, How biomes are formed, Climate and elevation, Growing season, Plants, animals and endangered species, Food webs and human culture, and Economy.

Features and Benefits

  • Each of the 12 chapters on Earth’s major biomes contains standardized rubrics allowing for easy access to information and comparative analysis across biomes.
  • Sidebars with interesting insights.
  • A "Words to Know" section defining difficult scientific terms.
  • "For Further Research" section — books, periodicals, Web sites and environmental organizations where students can go for additional study.
  • More than 190 full-color maps, photographs and illustrations.
  • Spotlight on specific geographic areas—a few pages of information on a specific geographical area (Alaskan Coastal Rainforest, for example) related to the biome being discussed (Coniferous Forest).

What's New

  • Offers detailed comparative essays on Earth’s 12 major biomes and their component ecosystems: Coniferous Forest, Continental Margin, Deciduous Forest, Desert, Grassland, Lake and Pond, Ocean, Rain Forest, River and Stream, Seashore, Tundra and Wetland.
  • Entries range from 35 to 45 pages.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141445516X | ISBN-13: 9781414455167

Reviews

Starred review: "Highly recommended." -- The Book Report (May/June 2000)

— Jo Clarke

"A preferable alternative to Biomes of the World (Grolier, 1999), both for its greater number of specific examples and for the repetitive, but not identical, lists of books, addresses and Web sites at the end of each chapter." -- School Library Journal (May 2000)

— Blanche Woolls and David

"Sidebar boxes are used, adding explanations to further expand the text. Black-and-white photographs, graphs, and maps are supplemented with 16 page color inserts in the center of each volume. With plenty of white space, this should appeal to students in middle school and for students in high school who have problems with reading and understanding more difficult text." -- Reference Reviews on galegroup.com (April 2000)

— Blanche Woolls and David

Table of Contents

VOLUME 1.
Reader’s Guide.
Biomes of the World Map.
Words to Know.
1. CONIFEROUS FOREST.
How Coniferous Forests Develop.
Kinds of Coniferous Forests.
Climate.
Geography of Coniferous Forests.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Coniferous Forests.
For More Information.
2. CONTINENTAL MARGIN.
Formation of the Continental Margins.
The Water Column.
Geography of Continental Margins.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Continental Margins.
For More Information.
3. DECIDUOUS FOREST.
How Deciduous Forests Develop.
Kinds of Deciduous Forests.
Climate.
Geography of Deciduous Forests.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Deciduous Forests.
For More Information.
4. DESERT.
How Deserts Are Formed.
Kinds of Deserts.
Climate.
Geography of Deserts.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Deserts.
VOLUME 2:
Reader’s Guide.
Biomes of the World Map.
Words to Know.
5. GRASSLAND.
How Grasslands Develop.
Kinds of Grasslands.
Climate.
Geography of Grasslands.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Grasslands.
6. LAKE AND POND.
How Lakes and Ponds Develop.
Kinds of Lakes and Ponds.
The Water Column.
Geography of Lakes and Ponds.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Lakes and Ponds.
For More Information.
7. OCEAN.
How the Oceans Were Formed.
Major Oceans and Adjoining Regions.
The Water Column.
Geography of the Ocean Floor.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Oceans.
For More Information.
8. RAIN FOREST.
How Rain Forests Develop.
Kinds of Rain Forests.
Climate.
Geography of Rain Forests.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Rain Forests.
For More Information.
VOLUME 3:
Reader’s Guide.
Biomes of the World Map.
Words to Know.
9. RIVER AND STREAM.
How Rivers and Streams Develop.
Kinds of Rivers and Streams.
The Water Column.
Geography of Rivers and Streams.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Rivers and Streams.
For More Information.
10. SEASHORE.
How the Seashore Is Formed.
The Bordering Sea.
Zones in the Seashore.
Climate.
Geography of the Seashore.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Seashores.
For More Information.
11. TUNDRA.
How Tundra Develops.
Kinds of Tundras.
Climate.
Geography of Tundras.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Tundras.
For More Information.
12. WETLAND.
How Wetlands Develop.
Kinds of Wetlands.
Climate.
Geography of Wetlands.
Plant Life.
Animal Life.
Human Life.
The Food Web.
Spotlight on Wetlands.
For More Information.
Where to Learn More.
Index.