From School Library Journal
YA-A conservation atlas that explores the diversity and fragility of the world's wetlands. Employing a global perspective to demonstrate the beauty of these places and their variety of plant and animal life, this volume provides a fascinating panorama of unique lands that are undergoing rapid depletion. Through the use of detailed maps, the interdependency of people with the marshes, floodplains, lagoons, deltas, and other wetland systems of the world is conveyed. Included are authoritative introductions to each system, discussions of threats, and descriptions of strategies undertaken locally and worldwide to offset destruction of these vital areas and to protect wildlife. This volume is a comprehensive compilation of data with outstanding maps and photographs that make it not only a valuable research tool, but also an informative reading experience.Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro, MD
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This third volume in Oxford's series of conservation atlases (e.g., Deserts: The Encroaching Wilderness, LJ 6/15/93) examines wetlands, which are broadly defined to include estuaries, mangrove forests, tidal flats, floodplains, marshes, lakes, peatlands (bogs and fens), and swamp forests. Total wetland loss in the United States alone is estimated to be over 50 percent, due to agricultural, industrial, and urban development. The Atlas divides the world's regions into 19 sections and discusses each region's wetlands. A color map is included for each region. A few other chapters define wetlands, discuss their value and characteristic plant and animal life, deal with wetland loss and its consequences, and touch upon some conservation issues. The many eye-catching color photographs that accompany the text make this a very attractive volume as well as an informative one. Written for a wide audience, this book is a solid choice for public, high school, and undergraduate libraries.- William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.