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The Nature HandbookA Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors$
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Ernest H. Williams Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.001.0001

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GLOBAL PATTERNS

GLOBAL PATTERNS

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(p.240) 14. GLOBAL PATTERNS
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The Nature Handbook
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Ernest H. Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.003.0014

This final chapter presents key observations over broad spatial and temporal scales. The first three are readily observable, at least in the right geographic areas, but the last two — species and area, and latitudinal gradient — are the two broadest patterns in the distribution of life on earth. Though not immediately observable, they help one understand nature a little better, which is the overall goal of this book.

Keywords:   species, area, latitudinal gradient, earth

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