What is the Natural History of Nova Scotia?The Natural History of Nova Scotia, volume 1: Topics and Habitats takes an ecological or naturalist's approach to understanding our environment. Cultural environment information has been included throughout the book to provide a description of the modern landscape, which is heavily modified by human activity. The focus is on resource use; not a comprehensive history.
The Natural History of Nova Scotia is intended to provide a framework in which the significant natural resources of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, can be understood, managed and interpreted.
Nova Scotia's natural history is described from two perspectives:
How to use the Electronic VersionThe Natural History of Nova Scotia (volume 1) is a book of more than 500 pages, divided first into two main parts (Topics and Habitats) and then into more than 100 smaller sections. An exact copy of each of these sections is available here as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. On the web site, each section is summarized for you to browse or search, including a brief introduction, a list of headings from the section, a keyword list, and cross-references to other sections. We suggest that you try to identify sections of interest in one of the following ways:
If you don't have Adobe's Acrobat PDF reader, you should get it now. You can't view any of the main book pages without this software. You can read and search all of the summary pages with your World Wide Web browser.
AudienceThe Natural History of Nova Scotia provides an interpretation of scientific information. To use it requires a basic level of knowledge and some effort on the part of the reader. There is some repetition in the text in order to assist with the type of cross-referencing needed to achieve a broad understanding of the subject.
The information should be useful for science educators; parks and natural areas planning, management and interpretation; land use planning for municipalities; development project planning, assessment and evaluation; eco-tourism and recreational planning.
We expect that this book will be most useful for
AvailabilityThe Natural History of Nova Scotia is available in two formats:
Introductory Material from the Print VersionIn addition to this introduction, several introductory sections from the printed book are available.
An introduction to the book and notes on the organization and use of the book. (Download PDF file, 26k, 2 pages)
The acknowledgements page. (Download PDF file, 21k, 2 pages)
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