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.  

Place, Sense of

Place, sense of

The word is used to refer to the particular part of space occupied by organisms or possessing physical environmental characteristics. Places are located within the spheres in the envelope from about 200 km above the Earth's surface to the centre of the Earth and are not exclusive to any one discipline. Ecology, geology, physical geography, other environmental sciences and landscape architecture focus upon place, each using their own terms and approach. Each discipline has terms for the basic atoms of the environment studied, often for the units which are basic to mapping schemes. In ecology, habitat has come to signify description of where an organism is found, whereas niche is a complete description of how the organism relates to its ...

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