WATERSHEDS by Gregor Gilpin Beck


A Practical Handbook for Healthy Water
Age Range: 14 & up
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A thoughtful introduction to environmental issues, focusing on the water cycle, intended for older students. Beck provides a meticulous text which explains dozens of important concepts: the water cycle, sulfur cycle, aquifers and groundwater, bioaccumulation, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycles, wetlands, water pollution, acid rain, greenhouse effect, biomes, industrial pollution, etc. Sidebars suggest what individuals can do to reduce and prevent problems, while delicate watercolors on every page clarify and extend the text. Although the tiny typeface is hard on the eyes, the watercolors compensate, often depicting, from a bird’s-eye view of the land below cows the size of rice grains graze in fields where fertilizer run-off pollutes the waterways, and thumb-sized industrial plants spew air pollution and chemicals that leech into the watershed. The illustrator is especially expert at showing complex systems simply, e.g., a sewer system from home pipes to sanitary sewer, sewage treatment plant, and water filtration plant. (diagrams, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 14+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-55037-330-1
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Firefly
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1999