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A Dictionary of Science

Seventh Edition


Jonathan Law

March 2017

Oxford Quick Reference

This bestselling dictionary contains more than 9,500 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy. With clear and concise definitions and recommended web links for many entries, this A-Z is a reliable reference work for science students as well as non-scientists.

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Weather: A Very Short Introduction


Storm Dunlop

January 2017

Very Short Introductions

The weather affects everyone on Earth, influencing both our day-to-day decisions and long term plans for leisure and work. But the Earth's weather systems are extremely complex, and conditions and events may have an effect 'half a world away'. Storm Dunlop explores the processes at work behind our daily weather.

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Rocks: A Very Short Introduction


Jan Zalasiewicz

December 2016

Very Short Introductions

Rocks are crucial constituents of our lives, not only making the solid ground beneath our feet, but breaking up into the soil that feeds our crops, and providing the metal ores and other materials vital for civilization. This Very Short Introduction introduces the structure and diversity of rocks on Earth, in outer space, and on other planets.

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Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction


Heiner Igel

November 2016

This book is an introductory text to a range of numerical methods used today to simulate time-dependent processes in Earth science, physics, engineering, and many other fields. It looks under the hood of current simulation technology and provides guidelines on what to look out for when carrying out sophisticated simulation tasks.

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Marine Geochemistry: Ocean Circulation, Carbon Cycle and Climate Change


Matthieu Roy-Barman, Catherine Jeandel

September 2016

This book provides a simple introduction to the concepts, the methods and the applications of marine geochemistry with a balance between didactic and indepth information.

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Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction


Paul Brassley, Richard Soffe

April 2016

Very Short Introductions

From the large corporation using enormous machines in the USA, to the woman with her hoe and her plot of cassava in Mozambique, to a Chinese collective farm worker in the rice fields, agriculture is essential for humanity to eat. This book looks at the many different types of agriculture and considers the challenges facing farmers today.

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Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth


James Lovelock

April 2016

Gaia, in which James Lovelock puts forward his inspirational and controversial idea that the Earth functions as a single organism, with life influencing planetary processes to form a self-regulating system aiding its own survival, is now a classic work that continues to provoke heated scientific debate.

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Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction


Tim Lenton

February 2016

Very Short Introductions

Earth System Science regards the Earth as an integrated system of interacting atmosphere, oceans, rocks, and biosphere. In this Very Short Introduction, Tim Lenton explores its development over 4.6 billion years, its present state, and its future.

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Forests: A Very Short Introduction


Jaboury Ghazoul

May 2015

Very Short Introductions

Forests have been entwined with human development and cultural history for centuries. In this Very Short Introduction Jaboury Ghazoul explores their origins, dynamics, and the range of goods and services they provide to human society, as well as looking at issues of deforestation, reforestation, and the effects of climate change.

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Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Bill McGuire

August 2014

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Bill McGuire explores the potential catastrophes facing our planet. Assessing both the probability of these events happening in the future, and our chances of survival, this new edition brings our understanding of global disasters and risk research up to date, by using recent case studies from around the world.

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The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction


Jamie Woodward

January 2014

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Jamie Woodward examines the environmental shifts that took place during the Great Ice Age of the Quaternary Period. Looking at evidence from the continents, the oceans, and the ice core records, he explores the evolution of ideas about our geological past, the great debates, and the human stories behind it all.

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation

Second Edition


Michael Allaby, Chris Park

January 2013

Oxford Quick Reference

This dictionary contains over 9,000 A to Z entries on scientific and social aspects of the environment. Thoroughly revised and updated, it covers the latest research and theories in this fast-moving field. This is a must-have for students of environment and conservation studies and ancillary subjects.

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The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction


Klaus Dodds

July 2012

Very Short Introductions

Antarctica attracts great interest from political leaders, journalists, and public audiences around the world. In this Very Short Introduction, Klaus Dodds presents a modern account of Antarctica, looking closely at contemporary developments in commerce, science, sovreignty, and governance.

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Remote Sensing of Vegetation: Principles, Techniques, and Applications


Hamlyn G Jones, Robin A Vaughan

July 2010

An accessible yet rigorous introduction to remote sensing and its application to the study of vegetation for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The underlying physical and mathematical principles of the techniques disucussed are explained in a way readily understood by those without a strong mathematical background.

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A Dictionary of Ecology

Fourth Edition


Michael Allaby

July 2010

Oxford Quick Reference

The fourth edition of the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of ecology available. Written in a clear, accessible style, it contains over 6,000 entries on all aspects of ecology and related environmental scientific disciplines, and is fully weblinked.

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Fundamentals of Weather and Climate

Second Edition


Robin McIlveen

May 2010

Fundamentals of Weather and Climate offers an engaging and insightful treatment of the behaviour of the lower atmosphere, and takes a quantitative approach to describing the mechanisms underlying this behaviour.

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Introduction to Physical Hydrology


Martin Hendriks

January 2010

Introduction to Physical Hydrology explores the principal rules that govern the flow of water by considering the four major types of water: atmospheric, ground, soil, and surface. It gives insights into the major hydrological processes, and shows how the principles of physical hydrology inform our understanding of climate and global hydrology.

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Deserts: A Very Short Introduction


Nick Middleton

November 2009

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Nick Middleton tells the story of the desert, demonstrating its beautiful landscapes and remarkable climates. He challenges the common notion that they are dry and barren and uncovers fascinating life-forms, a rich biodiversity, and a long history of human habitation.

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Climate Change: From science to sustainability

Second Edition


Stephen Peake, Joe Smith

May 2009

Climate Change offers a unique interdisciplinary journey through this important and fascinating field. It takes the reader from the underlying science to the philosophical and political consequences of climate change to present a coherent, balanced overview with a particular eye towards one goal: the sustainability of our planet.

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