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.  



Most of us are familiar with wetlands in some shape or form. The village pond, the trout stream, the river basin, or the local coastal lagoon or estuary, for example, are just some of the types of wetland that are widespread throughout temperate regions. But further south, in tropical and subtropical regions, there are muddy tidal flats, expansive floodplains and misty swamplands: three very different environments with very different plants and animals, but these are wetlands too. There are more than 50 definitions of wetlands in use throughout the world. Among these the broadest, and therefore that which is used most widely on an international scale, is provided by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Especially as Waterfowl Habitat. Ramsar is an Iranian ...

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