This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  



A landscape induces various reactions in humans. To some, it is a picture in the sense that it is an assemblage of elements such as slopes, soil and sky which make a scene that evokes a basically emotional reaction: ‘isn't that pretty/magnificent/dreary?’ It may then produce the desire to capture that landscape in pencil, paint or pixels. Equally, some people's reaction is to want to write about it as a travelogue or part of their blog and they may even be moved to capture certain characteristics in poetic form. There is another category of enquirers – those who are interested primarily in the land as reflecting the human place in it. The types of buildings; the use of the land, whether agriculture, forestry or ...

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