Tropical Environments (M. Kellman and last glaciation and the coming glaciation (using mod- R. Tackaberry, 1997, 380 pp., $29.99, paperbound, els and Milankovitch insolation cycles). Prior knowl- Routledge, ISBN 0-415-11609-0). The authors have edge of calculus and glacial and fluid dynamics is countered trends toward specialization in science and assumed. put together a comprehensive book that presents a unified picture of tropical environments and their in- Observing Global Climate Change (K. Kondratyev teraction with mankind. The book grew from courses and A. Cracknell, 1998,562 pp., $135.00, hardbound, taught at York University and assumes some knowl- Taylor and Francis, ISBN 0-7484-01245-5). While the edge of biology, geology, climatology, and chemistry. topic of climate change is a very popular and impor- There are 11 chapters, which cover geological history, tant one, it is also a very complex one that involves climatology, soils, biota, forests, savannas, agriculture, interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, animal production, and land use. Emphasis is on how lithosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere that includes ecosystems function in the Tropics and how they can anthropogenic effects. The authors' approach to the best be managed, learning from science as well as trial problem includes the study of fundamental physics and and
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