The Living Earth: Biomes and Ecosystems, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615303782
  • ISBN-13: 9781615303786
  • DDC: 577
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released May 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Earth's biosphere supports several unique biomes and ecosystems. Though they operate as self-contained units, these regions also operate as part of a global network, nurturing interdependence among greatly diverse plant and animal species. The evolution of these wondrous realms—both aquatic and terrestrial—and the various natural elements that distinguish them from one another are the subjects of this comprehensive volume.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Earth's Biosphere.
2: The Diversity of Life.
3: The Importance of the Biosphere.
4: The Flow of Energy.
5: Average Net Primary Production of the Earth's Major Habitats.
6: Nutrient Cycling.
7: The Carbon Cycle.
8: Autotrophs and Heterotrophs.
9: The Nitrogen Cycle.
10: The Sulfur Cycle.
11: The Phosphorus Cycle.
12: The Hydrologic Cycle.
13: Links Among the Nutrient Cycles.
14: Earth's Environmental Conditions.
15: The Role of Temperature.
16: Humidity.
17: The pH Scale.
18: The Salinity of Earth's Water Bodies.
19: Water Currents.
20: Atmospheric Pressure.
21: Hydrostatic Pressure.
22: The Evolution of the Biosphere.
23: Earth's Geologic History and Early Life-Forms.
24: Lynn Margulis.
25: The Development of Life.
26: The Greenhouse Effect.
27: The Emergence of Terrestrial Life.
28: The Progression of Evolution.
29: Glaciation and Drought During the Permian Period.
30: The Reptilian Radiation.
31: The Diversity of Cretaceous Life.
32: The Early Paleogene Transition.
33: Quaternary Extinctions.
34: Biomes and Ecosystems.
35: The Concept of Biogeography.
36: Biotic Distributions.
37: Dispersalist and Vicariance Biogeography.
38: Endemism.
39: Land Bridge.
40: Components of Species Diversity.
41: Species Adaptations to Changing Environments.
42: The Effects of Geologic Changes on Biotic Distributions.
43: The Distribution Boundaries of Flora and Fauna.
44: The Floral Kingdoms.
45: The Faunal Realms.
46: Wallace's Line.
47: Ecosystems.
48: Biological Communities.
49: Ecotones.
50: Terrestrial Ecosystem Case Studies.
51: The Mountain Ecosystem.
52: The Origin of Mountain Ecosystems.
53: Mountain Environments.
54: Biodiversity.
55: The Flora of Mountain Ecosystems.
56: The Fauna of Mountain Ecosystems.
57: The Development and Structure of Populations and Communities in Mountain Ecosystems.
58: Biological Productivity in Mountain Ecosystems.
59: The Polar Ecosystem.
60: The Origin of Polar Flora and Fauna.
61: Polar Environments.
62: Biota of the Arctic.
63: Biota of the Antarctic.
64: The Development and Structure of Populations and Communities in Polar Ecosystems.
65: Biological Productivity in Polar Ecosystems.
66: Aquatic Ecosystem Case Studies.
67: The Marine Ecosystem.
68: The Origins of Marine Life.
69: The Shape of the Oceans.
70: The Physical and Chemical Properties of Seawater.
71: Ocean Currents.
72: Marine Biota.
73: The Distribution and Dispersal of Marine Organisms.
74: Migrations of Marine Organisms.
75: The Dynamics of Populations and Species Assemblages in Marine Ecosystems.
76: Biological Productivity.
77: Riverine and Lacustrine Ecosystems.
78: The Boundary Ecosystem.
79: Boundary Systems between Waters.
80: Aquaculture.
81: Wetlands.
82: Conclusion.
Significant Ecosystem Components and Concepts.