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Systemic art

Term coined by Lawrence Alloway in 1966 to describe a type of abstract art characterized by the use of very simple standardized forms, usually geometric in character, either in a single ...

dentistry

dentistry   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Body

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
1,585 words

...is the art or science of treating diseases of the teeth and of the gums around them. As with medicine, dentistry is subdivided into a number of specialities. Oral surgery includes tooth extractions and operations on the jaw bones and the soft tissues of the mouth. Oral medicine deals with the treatment of local or systemic diseases affecting the mouth. Restorative dentistry involves replacement of parts of teeth or missing teeth. Fillings may be made from ‘plastic’ materials, such as amalgams or tooth-coloured composite resins, or pre-cast inlays;...

Biogeography

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Encyclopedia of Evolution

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences, Social sciences, Anthropology
Length:
7,655 words
Illustration(s):
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...as the passenger pigeon became a “pestilence” in accounts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Prehistoric burning by Native Americans was likely pervasive and created a more open continent and a mosaic of habitats. Such examples are increasingly common and show the systemic effects of human participation in ecosystems regardless of whether ancient humans saw themselves as ecologically noble, had certain conservation practices, or considered the natural world sacred. By the times of the Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans, the habitats of Southwest Asia...

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