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1st Edition

Environment and Society in Florida

ISBN 9781574440805
Published December 29, 1997 by CRC Press
472 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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
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"...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