P.J. Woods, D.M. Hannah, and J.P. Sadler (editors). Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. 2008. 460 pp. $189.95 Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-470-01017-4.

Increasing symptoms of the degradation of the biogeosphere during the past few decades, such as climate instability, floods, droughts, soil degradation, and declines in freshwater resources and biodiversity have raised the environmental consciousness of the global community. There is an urgent need to address and reverse these phenomena through initiatives such as the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals. Understanding the complexity of the issues involved, especially the role of water as a major driver of the evolution of the biogeosphere, ecological...

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