Language : English
Published : 2018-04-05
Pages : 496
The Tectonic Plates are Moving!
A witty, irreverent guide to the birth, development, and state-of-the-art of one of the most important theories in Earth Science. The book explains how modern plate tectonics accounts for phenomena such as great earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and how it controls conditions at the Earth’s surface, including global geography and climate.
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This book is the first to profile the unique epiphytic plant communities found in Singapore. The canopies of tropical trees are often festooned with luxuriant masses of delicate ferns, orchids and mistletoes; these veritable aerial gardens are one of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet. Yet, despite their prevalence in tropical urban landscapes, many of these fascinating aerial plants remain unappreciated and misunderstood.
The first section of this book provides a concise scientific introduction to the biology of epiphytes and mistletoes, including their taxonomy, life-cycles, adaptive strategies and interactions with their hosts and arboreal fauna. The second section serves as a field guide for identifying all of the common epiphytes and mistletoes found in Singapore.
- Provides a comprehensive reference for the identification and management of epiphytes and mistletoes in Singapore.
- Provides basic information on the biology of these plants, with a focus on colour photo profiles of all common species.
- Beautifully illustrated with large format colour photographs, rendering the overall impression less text-heavy and more readable.
- Serves as an accessible and informative field reference guide for horticultural professionals, as well as the general public.
The environmental life cycle of a product consists of all the stages, from raw material extraction through production and use to waste management. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), then, is the assessment of the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle. The holistic perspective that LCA provides on the environmental performance of products has made it a central concept for both environmental management in industry and environmental policy-making in public government. This is a textbook on LCA for those who want to learn the practice of LCA, e.g. environmental engineers, environmental managers and eco-designers. The title paraphrases Douglas Adams’ famous story “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, in which the machine Deep Thought after seven and a half million years of computing come up with ’42’ as the answer to the ‘great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything’. Expectations on LCA are often similar – simple answer to difficult environmental dilemmas, and the result often as incomprehensible as 42, unless one knows how to interpret LCA methodology and results. The book is organised in three parts covering LCA methodology, LCA applications and exercises on LCA. Two introductory chapters give a general overview of the LCA concept and its historical development. After that, LCA methodology is described in detail in six chapters. Different fields of LCA application are covered in five subsequent chapters. Since the aim of the book is to teach the execution of LCA, there are also a number of exercises. Smaller exercises train different aspects of LCA methodology and prepare for the larger ones, ten complete LCA exercise projects.
Geography Skills for NCEA Level Three is a New Zealand write-on textbook for students engaged in programmes of learning that require students to demonstrate an understanding of environments through the selection and application of geographic concepts and skills. For students preparing for NCEA Level Three Geography or New Zealand Scholarship Geography, the text provides a concise but authoritative progression of the basic concepts and more complex geographical skills required for success in the concepts and skills-based external standard (Geography 3.4). Geography Skills for NCEA Level Three builds on geographic concepts and skills introduced in the previously published Geography Skills for NCEA Level One and Geography Skills for NCEA Level Two.
For one-semester courses in Introductory Remote Sensing as well as Introductory Airphoto Interpretation. This widely adopted book introduces the fundamentals of remote sensing from an earth resource (versus engineering) perspective. Emphasis is on turning remote sensing data into useful spatial biophysical or socio-economic information that can be used to make decisions.