Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-056-3
# of Pages: 1576
# of Volumes: 4
Print List Price: $395
e-ISBN: 978-1-64265-057-0
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Encyclopedia of Global Resources

Editor: Marianne Moss Madsen, University of Utah
May 2019


Encyclopedia of Global Resources provides a wide variety of perspectives on both traditional and more recent views of Earth's resources. 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 are covered, as well as major events, milestone historical events and government laws.

This third edition of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Global Resources comes ten years after the American Library Association praised the first edition as an Outstanding Reference Source of 1999. Now with over 580 entries, topics have been added and updated to extend their scope to our global economy in 2019.

Hundreds of charts, tables, graphs, and sidebars support the text, and dozens of appendixes illustrate the text, providing students with worldwide insights into where we derive our mineral, biological, and energy resources; how they are processed; for what purposes they are used; and where they stand in our current economy. The coverage touches not only on the economic applications and benefits of natural resources but also on their processing, their management, the environmental impact of their extraction, and trends in their availability—all in easily understood language. This new edition includes 40 overviews of top resource nations and their significance in the global context. Specific minerals, organizations, historical events, and biographies are included as well as articles on energy and ecological resources.

Content & Scope of Coverage

These volumes provide a wide variety of perspectives on both traditional and contemporary views of Earth’s resources. In this sense, Encyclopedia of Global Resources serves as a bridge connecting the domains of resource exploitation, environmentalism, ecology, geology, and biology, and explains their interrelationships in terms that students and other non-specialists can understand. The 586 alphabetically arranged articles are as broad as “Agricultural products” and as specific as “Svalbard Global Seed Vault.” They range in length from 500 words to more than 3,000 words, and fall into some of the following categories:

  • top resources
  • specific countries
  • ecological resources
  • environment, conservation, and resource management
  • geological proccess and formations
  • government and resources
  • organization, agencies, and programs
  • people
  • pollution and waste disposal
  • products from resources
  • scientific disciplines
  • social, economic, and political issues

These articles begin with immediately accessible, informative subheads—“ Where Found,” “Primary Uses,” “Technical Definition”—and continue with subsections that address “Description, Distribution, and Forms,” “History,” “Obtaining,” and “Uses.” There are also survey articles on such resource categories as abrasives, gems, radioactive isotopes, and silicates as well as on the geologic processes and formations that produce mineral resources.

This title goes beyond entries of "natural resources" to include: entries on many aspects of the human dimension of resource exploitation, such as how various resources are obtained and processed; the major secondary or intermediate materials that resources are used to produce (ex: carbon fiber, cement and concrete, gasoline and other petroleum fuels); articles on economic, political, and societal ramifications of resource use; articles stressing the environmental effects of human activities related to obtaining and using resources (ex: air and water pollution); entries that delineate the issues and choices surrounding resource management, recycling, conservation, sustainable development, preservation, environmentalism, and waste disposal; a set of essays covering particularly significant pieces of legislation, international conventions, and activities of specific government agencies; brief articles highlighting organizations, historical events, and personages of importance; and several overviews of important fields of study.

Additional Features

  • Alphabetical Table of Elements
  • Periodic Table of the Elements
  • Major U.S. Mineral Resources, 2006
  • Major U.S. Mineral Resources by State
  • Major Canadian Mineral Resource Production and Values
  • Major Worldwide Mineral Resources and Producers
  • Major Worldwide Resources by Country
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Websites
  • Subject Index

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