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Asphalt to Ecosystems

Asphalt to Ecosystems

Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation

  • Author: Sharon Gamson Danks
  • Publisher: New Village Press
  • ISBN: 1613320795
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 288
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Case Studies from North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and Great Britain demonstrate natural outdoor teaching environment that support hand-on learning in science, math, language, and art in ways that nurture healthy imagination and socialization Asphalt to Ecosystems is a compelling color guidebook for designing and building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world. With this book, Danks broadens our notion of what a well-designed schoolyard should be, taking readers on a journey from traditional, ordinary grassy fields and asphalt, to explore the vibrant and growing movement to "green" school grounds in the United States and around the world. This book documents exciting green schoolyard examples from almost 150 schools in 11 countries, illustrating that a great many things are possible on school grounds when they are envisioned as outdoor classrooms for hands-on learning and play. The book's 500 vivid, color photographs showcase some of the world's most innovative green schoolyards including: edible gardens with fruit trees, vegetables, chickens, honey bees, and outdoor cooking facilities; wildlife habitats with prairie grasses and ponds, or forest and desert ecosystems; schoolyard watershed models, rainwater catchment systems and waste-water treatment wetlands; renewable energy systems that power landscape features, or the whole school; waste-as-a-resource projects that give new life to old materials in beautiful ways; K-12 curriculum connections for a wide range of disciplines from science and math to art and social studies; creative play opportunities that diversify school ground recreational options and encourage children to run, hop, skip, jump, balance, slide, and twirl, as well as explore the natural world first hand. The book grounds these examples in a practical framework that illustrates simple landscape design choices that all schools can use to make their schoolyards more comfortable, enjoyable and beautiful, and describes a participatory design process that schools can use to engage their school communities in transforming their own asphalt into ecosystems.

Fossil Ecosystems of North America

Fossil Ecosystems of North America

A Guide to the Sites and their Extraordinary Biotas

  • Author: Paul Selden,John Nudds
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1840765070
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 288
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Most major recent advances in understanding the history of life on Earth have been through the study of exceptionally well preserved biotas (Fossil-Lagerstätten). These are windows on the history of life on Earth and can provide a fairly complete picture of the evolution of ecosystems through time. This book follows the success of Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems by the same authors which covered Fossil-Lagerstätten around the world. The success of the first book prompted this new book which draws on four localities from the original book and adds another ten, all located in North America. Following an introduction to Fossil-Lagerstätten, each chapter deals with a single fossil locality. Each chapter contains a brief introduction placing the Lagerstätte in an evolutionary context; there then follows a history of study of the locality; the background sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment; a description of the biota; discussion of the palaeoecology, and a comparison with other Lagerstätten of a similar age and/or environment. At the end of the book is an Appendix listing museums in which to see exhibitions of fossils from each locality and suggestions for visiting the sites.

Biogeochemical Investigations of Terrestrial, Freshwater, and Wetland Ecosystems across the Globe

Biogeochemical Investigations of Terrestrial, Freshwater, and Wetland Ecosystems across the Globe

  • Author: R. Kelman Wieder,Martin Novák,Melanie A. Vile
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400709528
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 748
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Here is a collection of papers from BIOGEOMON, The Fourth International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior. The contributions address a wider-than-ever range of concerns: aspects of catchment monitoring and modeling; nitrogen transformations and processes; stable and radiogenic isotopes; biogeochemistry of restored ecosystems; and the dynamics of such chemicals as mercury and phosphorous, among many other topics.

Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems, Second Edition

Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems, Second Edition

  • Author: Paul Selden,John Nudds
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1840766239
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 304
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Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems describes all of the main Fossil Lagerstätten (sites of exceptional fossil preservation) from around the world in a chronological order. It covers the history of research, stratigraphy and taphonomy, main faunal and floral elements, and the palaeoecology of each site and gives a comparison with coeval sites around the world. It includes all of the well-known fossil sites, such as the Burgess Shale, the Solnhofen Limestone, Mazon Creek, Rancho La Brea etc., and includes an appendix giving information on how to visit the sites and where to see the fossils in museum displays. Available now in its second edition, Lagerstätten included for the first time include Chengjiang, the Herefordshire Nodules and the Jehol Group. A welcome addition to the list of important localities of Cenozoic age is the White River Group, which preserves the finest examples of mammals around the Eocene-Oligocene boundary, including many now-extinct groups. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with over 450 colour photographs and diagrams, and it is extensively referenced. Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems is essential reading to a wide range of students and professionals in palaeontology and related sciences, and to amateur enthusiasts.

Urban Ecosystems

Urban Ecosystems

Understanding the Human Environment

  • Author: Robert A. Francis,Michael A. Chadwick
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0415697956
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 220
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With over half of the global human population living in urban regions, urban ecosystems may now represent the contemporary and future human environment. This book aims to review what is currently known about urban ecosystems in a short and approachable text that will serve as a key resource for teaching and learning related to the urban environment.

Bayesian Methodology for Verifying Recommendations to Minimize Asphalt Pavement Distress

Bayesian Methodology for Verifying Recommendations to Minimize Asphalt Pavement Distress

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Bayesian statistical decision theory
  • Page: 52
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State of the World 2007

State of the World 2007

Our Urban Future

  • Author: The Worldwatch Institute
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • ISBN: 1610916328
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 277
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In 2008, half of the Earth’s population will live in urban areas, marking the first time in history that humans are an urban species. State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future examines changes in the ways cities are managed, built, and lived in that could tip the balance towards a healthier and more peaceful urban future.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas

Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas

  • Author: Kristina M. Gjerde
  • Publisher: UNEP/Earthprint
  • ISBN: 9280727346
  • Category: Biotic communities
  • Page: 58
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Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas outlines a number of options for the conservation and sustainable management of the deep seas and open oceans, including actions and measures that reflect an integrated approach to oceans management based on "ecological boundaries" rather than just political ones, giving higher levels of protection to vulnerable species like deep sea fish as well as to biologically and ecologically significant ecosystems such as cold water corals and hydrothermal vent communities.

Carbon Sequestration in Urban Ecosystems

Carbon Sequestration in Urban Ecosystems

  • Author: Rattan Lal,Bruce Augustin
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400723660
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 388
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Urbanization drastically alters the ecosystems structure and functions, disrupts cycling of C and other elements along with water. It alters the energy balance and influences climate at local, regional and global scales. In 2008, urban population exceeded the rural population. In 2050, 70% of the world population will live in urban centers. The number of megacities (10 million inhabitants) increased from three in 1975 to 19 in 2007, and is projected to be 27 in 2025. Rapid urbanization is altering the ecosystem C budget. Yet, urban ecosystems have a large C sink capacity in soils and biota. Judicious planning and effective management can enhance C pool in urban ecosystems, and off-set some of the anthropogenic emissions. Principal components with regards to C sequestration include home lawns and turfs, urban forests, green roofs, park and recreational/sports facilities and urban agriculture.

The Effects of Human Transport on Ecosystems

The Effects of Human Transport on Ecosystems

Cars and Planes, Boats and Trains : Proceedings of a Seminar of the National Committee for Biology 1st and 2nd April 2003

  • Author: John Davenport,Julia L. Davenport
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 276
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Proceedings of a seminar of the National Committee for Biology held on 1st and 2nd April, 2003 Ecosystems as diverse in location and scale as the Mediterranean, hedgerows, Gal·pagos, bridges, the Antarctic, roadside verges and Bermuda are considered by the contributors to this volume to illustrate the profound impact that the transport of peoples has had on the environment. The fragmentation of habitats, pollution, the introduction of alien species and the spread of disease, are among the topics discussed by expert contributors from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Israel and Bermuda.