The Cycle of Life:
An History of Experimental Ecology

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George M. Woodell, ed., The Role of Terrestrial Vegetation in the Global Carbon Cycle: Measurement by Remote Sensing (New York: Wiley, 1984).

This is another book produced by the SCOPE Project--this time on how vegetation influences how carbon cycles in the environment. The editor, George Woodell, of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole Massachusetts contributed the first chapter on "The Carbon Dioxide Problem." It has been estimated that since 1860, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased 40-80 parts per million. Today measurements show that the amount increases 1-1.5 ppm annually. Where does all the CO2 come from? It is the product of a series of interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans, the terrestrial biota and human activities. Two important sources are: the combustion of fossil fuels and the decay of biotic residues (the most important of the latter being the destruction of the forests.)

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