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Whether that's a boon to biodiversity or an ecological disaster is a matter of some dispute, but deep ties between Chicagoland and the Valley of the Sun are undeniable.
Trucost, a research arm of Standard & Poor’s, a financial-information provider, has estimated that marine litter costs $13bn a year, mainly through its adverse effect on fisheries, tourism and biodiversity.
They were found in Mongolia’s 1.5 million-year-old Lake Hovsgol as part of a biodiversity study.
Fairchild's itch to travel was initially a desire to explore the tropical botany and biodiversity of Java.
The books helped advance a global concern for wildlife management, biodiversity and the new field of conservation biology.
Rich in biodiversity, vernal pools have been called the coral reefs of our forests, home to some species that exist only there.
Why is Alabama conducive to such a rich biodiversity?
At present, this vast influx of new species costs the United States about a hundred and twenty billion dollars a year and is, after habitat destruction, the main reason the world has lost so much biodiversity.
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Did You Know?
Biodiversity may become the rallying call for the next decade, wrote David Wake in the journal Science in 1989. Indeed, biodiversity is a word you're likely to encounter in writing about ecology and the environment today. But when Wake used it, "biodiversity" was still a relatively new addition to the English language, having first appeared in writing in the mid-1980s. Of course, the roots of biodiversity are much older. It evolved from a commingling of the descendants of the Greek noun bios, which means "mode of life," and the Latin verb divertere, which means "to turn aside" or "to go different ways."
First Known Use of biodiversity
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Definition of biodiversity for English Language Learners
: the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment
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