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Environmental disasters, natural recovery and human responses

Author: Roger del Moral; Lawrence R Walker
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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"This book provides a comprehensive summary of the diverse ways in which nature disrupts humanity and how humans have coped. Burgeoning human numbers, shrinking resources, and intensification of the consequences of natural disturbances have produced a crisis of unparalleled proportions. By closely studying natural recovery from disturbances, a template for improving restoration of damaged lands has been produced.  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger del Moral; Lawrence R Walker
ISBN: 9780521860345 0521860342 9780521677660 0521677661 0511277644 9780511277641 0511278233 9780511278235 9780511541995 0511541996
OCLC Number: 74987887
Description: x, 209 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: A crescendo of destruction : Disturbance and human interactions ; Disturbance and recovery ; The future is now, time is short --
Natural disturbances: synergistic interactions with humans : Introduction ; Disturbance types ; Definitions ; Gradients of severity ; Infertile habitats ; Fertile habitats ; Disturbance interactions and linkages with humans --
Infertile and unstable habitats : Introduction ; Porous volcanic materials ; Dunes ; Glaciers ; Lessons from infertile, unstable habitats --
Infertile and stable habitats : Stable habitats develop slowly ; Lava ; Cliffs ; Lessons from infertile, stable habitats --
Fertile and unstable habitats : Introduction ; Landslides ; River floodplains ; Lakeshores ; Salt marshes and mangroves ; Lessons from fertile, unstable habitats --
Fertile and stable habitats : Introduction ; Fire ; Hurricanes ; Grazing ; Lessons from fertile, stable habitats --
The lessons learned : Introduction ; Nature recovers ; Humans intensify disturbances ; How humanity alters the equation ; Natural models provide lessons ; But the rules have changed ; Lessons we can apply ; Guide to rehabilitation ; A plea for biodiversity ; The future.
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Natural disasters destroy more property and kill more people with each passing year. This book provides a comprehensive summary of the ways natural disasters disrupt humanity and how humans cope. It  Read more...

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