California Naturalist Handbook

ISBN-10: 0520274806
ISBN-13: 9780520274808
Edition: 2013
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The California Naturalist Handbookprovides a fun, science-based introduction to California's natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California's freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California's natural communities. TheHandbookalso discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation.

Acknowledgments
Preface
California Natural History and the Role of Naturalists
California's Biodiversity
The Biodiversity Crisis
A Brief History of Natural History and Naturalists
Why Be a Naturalist?
Field Notebook: An Essential Record for Every Naturalist
The Language of Naturalists
Getting Out and About
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Geology, Climate, and Soils
Earth's Formation and Plate Tectonics
Shaping California
Rocks in California
California's Climate
Diversity of California Microclimates
Soil Structure and Nutrients
Nutrient Cycling
Decomposition
Mycorrhizal Relationships
Mining in California
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Water
Scaling Water: From Molecules to Our Environment
The Water Cycle
Stream Processes
Biological Inputs
Chemical Inputs
Physical Inputs
The Path of a River
Estuaries
Intertidal Zone
Wetlands
California's Lakes
California's Freshwater Fish
Rivers Today
California Water Management and Law
Challenges for the Future: Population Growth and Climate Change
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Plants
Lifestyles of Rich and Famous Plants
Parts of a Plant
Plant Communities of California
Plants and People
California's Plant Communities and Climate Change
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Forest, Woodland, and Range Resources and Management
History of California Forests and Their Management
Forest Dynamics
California Forests and Wildfire
Fragmentation of Forests
Carbon Sequestration
Rangelands and Livestock Grazing Management
Conservation Biology
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Animals
Evolutionary Groups
Invertebrates
Vertebrates
Human Activity and Domestic and Introduced Animals
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Energy and Global Environmental Issues
Forms and Sources of Energy
The Energetic Basis of Life
Energy Use by People
Global Environmental Challenges
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Interpretation, Collaboration, and Citizen Science
Interpretation: Why, What, and How
Collaboration
Citizen Science
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Glossary
Index

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