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Beginning with an overview of how human civilization has altered the face of the Earth, particularly by the destruction of forests, the book details the startling consequences of these actions. Rice provides compelling reasons for government officials, economic leaders, and the public to support efforts to save threatened and endangered plants.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction: Remnants of Paradise
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. Chapter One: An Injured Paradise
  2. pp. 9-27
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  1. Chapter Two: Plants Put the Oxygen in the Air
  2. pp. 28-40
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  1. Chapter Three: Greenhouse Earth: Plants Help to Keep the Earth from Overheating
  2. pp. 41-80
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  1. Chapter Four: Shade: Trees Make Good Air Conditioners
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. Chapter Five: The Water Cycle: Plants Prevent Droughts and Floods
  2. pp. 93-109
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  1. Chapter Six: Plants Feed the World
  2. pp. 110-126
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  1. Chapter Seven: Plants Create Soil
  2. pp. 127-137
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  1. Chapter Eight: Plants Create Habitats
  2. pp. 138-170
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  1. Chapter Nine: Plants Heal the Landscape
  2. pp. 171-195
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  1. Chapter Ten: How Agriculture Changed the World
  2. pp. 196-210
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Why We Need Plant Diversity
  2. pp. 211-227
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  1. Chapter Twelve: What Can We Do?
  2. pp. 228-248
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-267
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 268-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-298
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813546537
Print ISBN
9780813544533
MARC Record
OCLC
318675740
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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