The Natural History of Nova Scotia takes an ecological or naturalist's approach to understanding the environment and life of Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast. This province has many habitats, on land and sea, and a good diversity of plants and animals. Cultural and land use information helps fill out the description of the modern landscape, as modified by human activity. The web pages and book provide information to help us understand and manage Nova Scotia's significant natural resources.
The text is aimed at high school readers and above, although the geology sections can be challenging to non-experts. The information is thoroughly researched and current as of 1997. Comments and updates are welcome, to keep this information current.
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This website (volume 2 of the print version) takes a geographic approach. Nova Scotia has been divided into nine Theme Regions, which are in turn subdivided into Districts and then Units. A Theme Region is an area of distinctive character in which the landscape contains recurring patterns of landforms and vegetation, which have developed through the combination of many physical and biological factors. The Theme Region approach seeks to integrate the different elements of natural history that are so often studied in isolation - climate, geology, landforms, oceanography, coastal regimes, soils, water characteristics, plants and animals. The system enables us to explore and interpret the ecological diversity of Nova Scotia and the impacts of human activity on the landscape. The development of an holistic view of the landscape is consistent with contemporary interests in landscape ecology as a basis for resource management.
The Natural History of Nova Scotia Vol. 2 Theme Regions was put online during the summer of 1998. Take a look at our credits page for more information.
The Natural History of Nova Scotia is also available in a print edition. Volumes 1 & 2 may be purchased from the Nova Scotia Museum at a cost of $35.00 each. For more information call toll-free 1-800-632-1114, or e-mail email@example.com.