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Harvesting the biosphere : what we have taken from nature

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The biosphere -- the Earth's thin layer of life -- dates from nearly four billion years ago, when the first simple organisms appeared. Many species have exerted enormous influence on the biosphere's character and productivity, but none has transformed the Earth in so many ways and on such a scale as Homo sapiens. In Harvesting the Biosphere, Vaclav Smil offers an interdisciplinary and quantitative account of human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012021381
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 0262312263 9780262312264
OCLC Number: 823578213
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: I. The earth's biomass: stores, productivity, harvests --
Biomass: definitions and compositions --
Biomass stores: means and extremes --
Biomass productivities --
Phytomass harvests --
Zoomass harvests --
Land cover and productivity changes --
II. History of the harvests: from foraging to globalization --
The evolution of foraging --
Crops and animals --
Biomass fuels and raw materials --
III. Adding up the claims: harvests, losses, and trends --
Changing land cover and land use --
Harvesting the biosphere --
Long-term trends and possible worlds.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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An interdisciplinary and quantitative account of human claims on the biosphere's stores of living matter, from prehistoric hunting to modern energy production.  Read more...

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