The Balance of Nature

Why "the balance of nature"?


Author: Stuart L. Pimm

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226668304

Category: Nature

Page: 434

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Why "the balance of nature"? Resilience. Temporal variability and the individual species. The effects of food-web structure. The variability of the environment. Nonlinear dynamics, strange attractors, and chaos. Extinctions. Species differences and community structure as explanations of why introductions fail. Patterns in species composition. Food-web structure and community persistence. Community assembly; or why are there so many kinds of communities? Small-scale experimental removals of species. Food webs and resistance. Changes in total density and species composition. The consequences of introductions and extinctions. Multispecies models and their limitations. Conclusions and caveats.


A leading ethnobotanist traces 300 million years of natural history while exploring the role of trees in the environment, mythology, religion and other arenas, in an inspirational tribute that is complemented by 90 evocative photographs ...


Author: Pierre Lieutaghi

Publisher: Duncan Baird Pub

ISBN: 1844839273

Category: Nature

Page: 191

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A leading ethnobotanist traces 300 million years of natural history while exploring the role of trees in the environment, mythology, religion and other arenas, in an inspirational tribute that is complemented by 90 evocative photographs from different world regions.

The Balance of Nature


Author: Lorus Johnson Milne


ISBN: OCLC:30237156

Category: Animal ecology

Page: 258

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Pollution the Balance of Nature

Discusses the interrelationship of all living things and gives examples of some of the ways man has upset the balance of nature.


Author: Claire Jones


ISBN: 0822506327

Category: Ecology

Page: 103

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Discusses the interrelationship of all living things and gives examples of some of the ways man has upset the balance of nature.

The Balance of Nature

What is most remarkable about the balance of nature idea is its longevity. It has
always been a fuzzy, poorly defined idea that nonetheless has had great
heuristic appeal throughout the ages because it seems so self-evident. Always
more of ...


Author: John Kricher

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400830265

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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The idea of a balance of nature has been a dominant part of Western philosophy since before Aristotle, and it persists in the public imagination and even among some ecologists today. In this lively and thought-provoking book, John Kricher demonstrates that nature in fact is not in balance, nor has it ever been at any stage in Earth's history. He explains how and why this notion of a natural world in balance has endured for so long, and he shows why, in these times of extraordinary human influence on the planet's ecosystems, it is critical that we accept and understand that evolution is a fact of life, and that ecology is far more dynamic than we ever imagined. The Balance of Nature traces the fascinating history of the science of ecology and evolutionary biology, from the discipline's early innovators to the advent of Darwin and evolution, to the brilliant and inquisitive scientific minds of today. Blending insights and entertaining stories from his own remarkable life in science, Kricher reveals how evolution is a powerful engine that drives ecological change, how nature is constantly in flux and, in effect, quite naturally out of balance--and how notions to the contrary are misguided and ultimately hazardous to us all. The Balance of Nature forcefully argues that an understanding of the dynamic nature of ecology and evolution is essential to formulating policies of environmental ethics to guide humanity toward a more responsible stewardship of our planet's ecosystems.

The Balance of Nature


Author: Various

Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library

ISBN: 1529075807

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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The Balance of Nature and Human Impact

balance. of. nature. —. ecological. laws. and. human-induced. invasions. G. H.
Walter Introduction Autecology and its place in ecological interpretation is only
poorly understood. It has consequently been edged out of consideration as a
valid ...


Author: Klaus Rohde

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107310940

Category: Nature


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It is clear that nature is undergoing rapid changes as a result of human activities such as industry, agriculture, travel, fisheries and urbanisation. What effects do these activities have? Are they disturbing equilibria in ecological populations and communities, thus upsetting the balance of nature, or are they enhancing naturally occurring disequilibria, perhaps with even worse consequences? It is often argued that large-scale fluctuations in climate and sea-levels have occurred over and over again in the geological past, long before human activities could possibly have had any impact, and that human effects are very small compared to those that occur naturally. Should we conclude that human activity cannot significantly affect the environment, or are these naturally occurring fluctuations actually being dangerously enhanced by humans? This book examines these questions, first by providing evidence for equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions in relatively undisturbed ecosystems, and second by examining human-induced effects.

The Chemical and Physiological Balance of Organic Nature

It follows incontestably from these data , that , previously to the year 1839 , the
general physical principles upon which , in our discourse on the balance of
organic nature , we summed up the parts severally played by vegetables , and by


Author: Jean-Baptiste Dumas



Category: Biochemistry

Page: 174

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Pamphlets on Conservation of Natural Resources

Balance of Nature Intelligent discussion of land harmony requires an
understanding of what is meant by the balance of nature . Does it involve sharing
our apples with the codling moth and our lawns with the mole ? Just what do we
mean ...





Category: Conservation of natural resources


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The Capercaillie in Scotland

Mr. Hancock considers the work of the Capercaillie as a natural state of pruning,
which, in forests or woods of ... I have elsewhere shown that an increase of the
population beyond what the balance of nature can stand results in the emigration


Author: John Alexander Harvie-Brown


ISBN: UCAL:B3336321

Category: Birds

Page: 155

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Star Trek Balance of Nature

... the acrid smoke rising from exploding consoles. Falling building debris hit
those Nasat too startled to curl into defensive postures or maneuver out of the
way. She mustered up enough humor to be darkly amused by 3 BALANCE OF


Author: Heather Jarman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743475938

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In the wake of the catastrophic events of Wildfire, P8 Blue returns to her homeworld, only to find herself caught up in a web of intrigue. Strange disappearances among her fellow Nasats and odd happenings throughout her homeland have stymied local authorities. Due to her experiences with Starfleet in general and the S.C.E. in particular, Blue is asked to aid in the investigation. What they turn up will lead to a terrible secret from the Nasat's past, and it will take all of Blue's ingenuity to save her people -- and an entire world....

Human Ecology

This essay addresses two intertwining narratives that demand close scrutiny –
Mother Nature and the Balance of Nature. Both are common in environmental
discourse and generally accepted without question. For example, consider how
often ...


Author: Daniel G. Bates

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1441957014

Category: Social Science

Page: 377

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This book arose from the need to develop accessible research-based case study material which addresses contemporary issues and problems in the rapidly evolving field of human ecology. Academic, political, and, indeed, public interest in the environmental sciences is on the rise. This is no doubt spurred by media coverage of climate change and global warming and attendant natural disasters such as unusual drought and flood conditions, toxic dust storms, pollution of air and water, and the like. But there is also a growing intellectual awareness of the social causes of anthropogenic environmental impacts, political vectors in determining conser- tion outcomes, and the role of local representations of ecological knowledge in resource management and sustainable yield production. This is reflected in the rapid increase of ecology courses being taught at leading universities in the fa- growing developing countries much as was the case a decade or two ago in Europe and North America. The research presented here is all taken from recent issues of Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Since the journal itself is a leading forum for cont- porary research, the articles we have selected represent a cross-section of work which brings the perspectives of human ecology to bear on current problems being faced around the world. The chapters are organized in such a way to facilitate the use of this volume either to teach a course or to introduce an informed reader to the field.

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

Balance. of. Nature. S.L. Pimm 16.1 What Biodiversity Is Good for As we destroy
biological diversity, what else are we doing to ... Just how much biological
diversity we need to keep the movement at approximately natural levels is a
question of ...


Author: Ernst-Detlef Schulze

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540581030

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 525

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With the accelerating loss of biodiversity there is increasing concern about how this loss may be affecting ecosystem processes, or services, that are of benefit to human well being. The limited studies that address the principal question directly, species numbers versus system function, are evaluated. Moreover, the degree of redundancy within systems, the ubiquity of keystone species, the tightness of species interactions from mutualisms to food webs, the resilience of systems to perturbation, the interactions of landscape units are explored, as is also how policy decisions are driven in this research area. This book brings together the disciplines of population biology and ecoysystem science, both directed toward evaluating the consequences of human-driven disruptions of natural systems.

The Secret Network of Nature

Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries and decades of experience as a forester, Peter Wohlleben shows us how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems cooperate, and what's at stake when these delicate systems are ...


Author: Peter Wohlleben

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473555853

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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An exploration of the invisible connections sustaining the entire natural world from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth? Or that wolves can alter the course of a river? Or that earthworms control wild boar populations? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature’s finely balanced equilibrium. Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries and decades of experience as a forester, Peter Wohlleben shows us how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems cooperate, and what's at stake when these delicate systems are unbalanced. ‘Peter Wohlleben doesn't merely look, he sees. Let's all learn as much from him as we can, and quickly’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

Baily s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes

By the aid of his superior intellect he is enabled to exercise a controlling power ,
and has become in consequence an important factor in arranging the balance of
Nature . Persons who have carefully thought out the various problems which ...




ISBN: UIUC:30112112129918

Category: Recreation


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Transactions and Journal of Proceedings

Nature seems to me to be supposed by some people to be a beneficent power
which holds a balance , and that if you do anything to destroy the balance of
nature you have committed a great sin . Well , I suppose I had destroyed the
balance of ...


Author: Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society


ISBN: HARVARD:32044106238249

Category: Dumfriesshire (Scotland)


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