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The Green Machine: Ecology and the Balance of Nature [Paperback]

Wallace Arthur

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November 1990
All life is part of the green machine - that subtle and complex balance of nature which is the ecosystem and which is now threatened by so many human activities. This book is aimed at understanding that balance and how it is maintained. The author gradually builds up an in-depth picture of the way animals and plants interact to produce the entire ecosystem, adding an evolutionary dimension by looking back at the history of the ecosphere over time spans ranging from a few generations to four billion years. Only when this picture is complete does the book go on to consider the man-nature interface.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars clear, easy intro..... Nov. 20 2001
By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA - Published on Amazon.com
....to the principles of ecology. This book, if you can find it, is logically organized and very easy to understand. It moves gradually from the foundational dynamics (energy flows, eat-or-be-eaten) to entire ecosystems.
Some readers will be distracted by the dated references to outer space and the cute chapter headings--"Methods for Mission Impossible," etc. Most of the first chapter, Wonder and Anxiety, was a teaching device that seemed to me to take forever to get to the point; other readers less familiar with ecology might find it useful, however.
Bottom line: I'd buy another book from this author. It's always nice to find clear voices in the sciences.

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