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Environment and Society in Florida

1st Edition

By Howard T. Odum, E.C. Odum, M.T. Brown

CRC Press

472 pages

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pub: 1997-12-29
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With its lush wetlands, miles of beaches, and wide array of colorful wildlife, Florida is a fascinating and important ecosystem to study. Using this state as a model, Environment and Society in Florida offers a whole systems approach to understanding the environment and discusses the interactions between human systems and natural systems. It addresses the complicated issues stemming from these interactions among population, resources, economics, and environment, and discusses how we may better manage these challenges in the future.


"…I encourage you to read Environment and Society in Florida. It is more than a simple textbook. It addresses the issues that will face all of America in the very near future. Can we live within our environmental means? Can we preserve the earth that supports us? This book is part science and part philosophy. Read it carefully. Take it seriously. Consider it thoughtfully. The final will be graded by your children and grandchildren."

-Buddy MacKay, Former Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida

Table of Contents

Florida and Systems Concepts

Overview of Florida

Florida's Environmental Problems

Ecoystems and Symbols

Flows of Energy

Cycles of Materials

Production and Limiting Factors

Energy Webs and Transformations

Self-Organization and Succession

Simulation of Quantitative Models

Growth Models

Oscillating Systems

Environmental Systems

Weather and Climate

Geology and Hydrology


Marine Ecosystems


Freshwater Ecosystems

Wetland Ecosystems

Upland Ecosystems

Landscape Mosaic of Ecosystems

Systems that Use the Environment

Economic Use and Development


Agricultural Systems



Parks, Tourists, and Biodiversity


Industry, Technology, and Information

The Florida State System

Resource Basis for the Florida Economy

Early Human Society in Florida

Overview of the Florida Economy

Florida's Networks

Evaluation of Energy Sources

Wastes and Recycle

Population and Carrying Capacity

Simulating the Future

The Future


Appendix A. Programs for Computer Simulations

Appendix B. Energy Evaluation of Florida

Appendix C. Useful Conversions

Appendix D. Types of Wetlands


Suggested Readings



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply