New PDF release: Sustaining the Earth (9th Edition)

By G. Tyler Miller

ISBN-10: 0495556874

ISBN-13: 9780495556879

G. Tyler Miller's around the globe bestsellers have advanced correct besides the altering wishes of the various pupil inhabitants. centred particularly on energizing and fascinating fabrics for college kids, Miller and new coauthor Scott Spoolman were at paintings scrutinizing each line--enhancing, clarifying, and streamlining to minimize observe density in addition to updating with the very most recent environmental information and study. The ensuing texts are shorter, clearer, and so enticing that scholars will truly are looking to learn the assignments. approximately part the cost of different environmental technological know-how texts, this 14-chapter, one-color center textual content deals an built-in process that emphasizes how environmental and source difficulties and recommendations are similar.

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Matter Consists of Elements and Compounds To begin our study of environmental science, we start at the most basic level, looking at matter—the stuff that makes up life and its environment. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. It is made up of elements, each of which is a fundamental substance that has a unique set of properties and cannot be broken down into simpler substances by chemical means. For example, gold is an element; it cannot be broken down chemically into any other substance.

S Simple carbohydrates (simple sugars): certain compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. An example is glucose (C6H12O6), which plants and animals break down to obtain energy. Larger and more complex organic compounds, essential to life, are composed of macromolecules. Some of these molecules, called polymers, are formed when a number of simple organic molecules (monomers) are linked together by chemical bonds, somewhat like rail cars linked in a freight train. indd 27 27 Figure 2-4 Relationships among cells, nuclei, chromosomes, DNA, and genes.

These knowledge gaps point to important research frontiers, many of which will provide career opportunities in the future. What Is Matter and How Can Matter Change? ▲ ▲ Matter consists of elements and compounds, which are in turn made up of atoms, ions, or molecules. CONC EPT 2-2A CONC EPT 2-2B When matter undergoes a physical or chemical change, no atoms are created or destroyed (the law of conservation of matter). Matter Consists of Elements and Compounds To begin our study of environmental science, we start at the most basic level, looking at matter—the stuff that makes up life and its environment.

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