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Editor: Craig W. Allin, Cornell College,
Mt. Vernon, Iowa
April 2010 · 4 volumes
1,504 pages · 8"x10"
Encyclopedia of Global Resources
575 easy-to-understand essays on all aspects of our natural resources, from their economic applications and benefits to the impact of their extraction.
Hailed by the ALA in its first edition as an Outstanding Reference Source of 1999, the fully updated and expanded, four-volume Encyclopedia of Global Resources adds 143 new articles and updates previous entries to extend their scope to our global economy in 2010. Dozens of new charts, tables, graphs, and appendixes supplement the text, providing students with worldwide insights on where we derive our mineral and biological resources, how they are processed, for what purposes they are used, and where they stand in our current economy.
Encyclopedia of Global Resources provides a wide variety of perspectives on both traditional and more recent views of Earth's resources. It serves as a bridge connecting the domains of resource exploitation, environmentalism, geology, and biology, and it explains their interrelationships in terms that students and other nonspecialists can understand. The articles in this set are extremely diverse, with articles covering soil, fisheries, forests, aluminum, the Industrial Revolution, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the hydrologic cycle, glass, and placer mineral deposits. Top resources—119 mineral based, 41 biologically based, and 39 energy related (such as oil and tar sands)—are covered, as well as ecological resources such as Earth's atmosphere and its biodiversity, 40 core nations from Argentina to Zimbabwe, government laws and international conventions, milestone historical events such as the 1992 Earth Summit and the construction of China's Three Gorges Dam, and energy resources from biofuels to coal to hydropower to wind and nuclear power.
The essays in this set range from one to six pages in length. The core of the set is 119 articles on specific mineral and other non-living resources. These articles begin with informative subheads, including "Where Found" and "Primary Uses," and continue with subsections that address "Description, Distribution, and Forms," "History," "Obtaining the Resource," and "Uses." Every article is signed, and each has summary information at the beginning and cross-references to other articles in the set at the end.
Useful reference features at the beginning of each volume include a Complete List of Contents and Common Units of Measure. At the end of volume 4 are several appendixes: an alphabetical table of the elements, the Periodic Table of Elements, a time line, a glossary, a general bibliography, and a new list of Web sites. Of particular note are the detailed tables of resources for both mineral groups and countries, derived from the public-domain data of the U.S. Geological Survey, Energy Information Administration, and CIA in their latest iteration. Two indexes—geographical and subject—round out the set.