Ecology (DK Eyewitness Books) by Brian Lane, Steve Pollock

By Brian Lane, Steve Pollock

Here's a remarkable, thought-provoking, and hugely informative advisor to the interesting tale of ecology. significant colour images of animals, vegetation, and ecosystems show the tips and discoveries that experience replaced our realizing of lifestyles round us. See how crops shop their nutrients offer, how dung enriches the soil, how biodiversity is measured, the wear and tear brought on by acid rain, and a field-digger wasp shooting a fly. learn the way crops create their very own nutrition, how and whilst the world's human inhabitants "exploded", how your again backyard presents a small-scale version of existence everywhere in the Earth. detect the hyperlinks within the beach meals chain, how the buffalo used to be stored from extinction, why bugs similar to locusts are topic to inhabitants explosion, usual pest regulate, and masses, even more!

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SNAKE IN THE DRY GRASS Grey and brown colouring for camouflage in dry grass Light markings to break up outline Reptiles are able to tolerate the conditions that exist on the grasslands during the dry season, and a wide range of snakes and lizards are found here. These include the slow-moving but highly venomous puff adder. Camouflage is very important in the grassland environment, especially during the dry season when the grass is short and sparse, providing little cover in which to hide. For this reason, many grassland species are dull brown-grey in colour.

Tansley felt strongly that ecological studies show how unwise it is to exploit the environment, and he became a leading figure in the conservation movement. It was Tansley who, in 1935, coined the word “ecosystem”. kHz kHz 90 90 70 70 50 50 30 30 10 ms 50 30 10 Call of long-eared bat 10 ms 50 30 10 Call of whiskered bat ADAPTATION AND DIVERSITY When the dinosaurs and other groups died out, many empty niches were left to be exploited by those organisms that had survived. In the air at night, bats found huge, rich, and almost unexploited niches, to which they rapidly adapted.

It comes across its prey by chance, and paralyzes it with throughout the oceans, being carried by long, deadly, stinging tentacles. the ocean currents that move the waters around the planet. Since these factors, as well as temperature and Venomous spine salinity, affect the productivity of plant life, some parts of the oceans are very rich in phytoplankton and other forms of life in the food chain, while some areas are virtually lifeless. INVISIBLE LINKS IN THE CHAIN OF LIFE Where the ocean is richly supplied with light and nutrients, the microscopic world of plankton forms the base of the food chain.

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