Environmental Science:

An Explorer’s Guide


Hundreds of books about the environment are published each year. Many of these books cover highly significant topics with well-written text and professionally designed graphics and photographs. While many of these books are aimed at a general audience, some are highly specialized and aimed primarily at university students and scientists.

So, what makes this book different?


This book surveys a wide variety of environmental topics.


Positive and negative impacts about many environmental topics are included to stimulate discussions and even classroom debates.


The book includes many field reports based on the author’s personal experiences doing environmental science.

About the Author

Forrest Mims III

Forrest Mims III

Amateur Scientist

Forrest M. Mims III has written more than sixty books about science, lasers, computers, and electronics. Many of his books describe electronic circuits and projects that he personally builds and tests. When he isn’t writing books, he does various kinds of scientific research, writes magazine and newspaper articles, and teaches experimental science at the University of the Nations in Hawaii.

In 1993, Forrest received a prestigious Rolex Award for a simple instrument that he developed to measure the ozone layer. Most recently, he has focused his efforts on scientific studies of the effects of smoke, dust and haze on sunlight and ecology. NASA has twice sent him and his instruments to the Brazilian rain forest to measure the atmospheric and biological effects of smoke caused by giant fires.

Forrest got his start in electronics and science by building computers, tiny instruments for model rockets, travel aids for the blind, and high-power lasers. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Science Teachers Association, the Texas Academy of Science and many scientific organizations. He lives and works in south Texas, where he conducts his experiments from a rural site that he calls the Geronimo Creek Observatory.