Chapter 6. Ambiguities

  1. Dan L. Perlman and
  2. Glenn Adelson

Published Online: 3 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313550.ch6

Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation

Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation

How to Cite

Perlman, D. L. and Adelson, G. (1997) Ambiguities, in Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313550.ch6

Author Information

  1. Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 OCT 1997

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865424395

Online ISBN: 9781444313550

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Keywords:

  • ambiguity and ambiguity as being not always bad;
  • North American species of genus Canis;
  • boundary ambiguity in temporal landscape;
  • Hominid cladogram;
  • ecosystem and ambiguity of scale;
  • Harper's grassfield at Aber in North Wales;
  • classifying ecosystem types;
  • protecting parcels and problems;
  • Hyannis Ponds ecosystem - basis of class role-play;
  • genetic diversity - terminological ambiguity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Boundary Ambiguity

  • The Boundary Ambiguity in the Temporal Landscape: The Problem of Evolving Entities

  • The Ambiguity of Scale

  • Is an Ecosystem a Parcel or a Type?

  • Problems with Protecting Parcels

  • “Genetic Diversity”: A Terminological Ambiguity

  • Invalid Comparisons and the Incommensurability of Species

  • Conclusion: Ambiguity is not Always Bad

  • References