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U-X-L Encyclopedia of Water Science: 3 Volume Set by K. Lee Lerner, ISBN-13: 978-078767617

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U-X-L Encyclopedia of Water Science: 3 Volume Set by K. Lee Lerner, ISBN-13: 978-078767617

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  • Publisher: ‎ U-X-L; 1st edition (December 17, 2004)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 510 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0787676179
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0787676179

U·X·L® Encyclopedia of Water Science explores water science and issues from an international perspective. Topics covered include lakes and streams, oceans, aquatic animals, weather and climate, glaciers, wetlands, ecology, hydropower, commercial fishing, acid rain, recreation, pollution, economics, water conservation, international water law, global warming and much more. Numerous sidebars highlight significant facts and opinions, provide biographies, explain allusions and describe water-related activities. Provided in each entry are definitions for scientific terms and sources for further research. A general glossary, an index, more than 150 black-and-white photographs, and a different set of color photo inserts are included in each volume.

Water is becoming an increasingly important topic and is the subject of many treaties and disputes. This set contains more than 100 signed entries on water science and water issues. Volume 1 has six chapters dealing with water science basics, volume 2 has five chapters dealing with the economics and uses of water, and the final volume has two chapters dealing with the environmental, legal, and political issues surrounding water. Each chapter contains numerous signed entries. For example, the chapter on the “Basics of Water Science” contains entries on biochemistry, chemistry of water, the hydrologic cycle, and the physics of water. Each entry has its own displayed glossary and gray sidebars with additional facts and also contains a list of print and Web resources for further study and research. The set is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, maps, and cycle charts. There is also a color photo section in each volume. The preponderance of gray and black and white does not provide a lot of visual interest.

The chapter arrangement makes it easy to locate specific information. Within each chapter, entries are arranged alphabetically, and guide words are located at the bottom of each right-hand page. The individual entries in chapters have subheadings that are not arranged alphabetically, so it becomes slightly confusing as one pages through looking for topical information. A general glossary, a research and activities section, and a cumulative index to the set are included in each volume.

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