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Human adaptability : an introduction to ecological anthropology

Author: Emilio F Moran
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Westview Press, ©2008.
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"Designed to help students understand the multiple levels at which human populations respond to their surroundings, this essential text offers the most complete discussion of environmental,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Moran, Emilio F.
Human adaptability.
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007036237
(OCoLC)167764413
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Emilio F Moran
ISBN: 0786732539 9780786732531
OCLC Number: 649933780
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 473 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Preface to the third edition --
List of acronyms --
pt. 1. Environmental anthropology : history, theory, and method --
1. People in ecosystems --
Human adaptability as a response to constraints --
Modeling --
Energy --
Matter --
Information --
Ecosystems and global change --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Note --
2. Theories of human-habitat interaction --
Environmental determinism --
Cultural determinism : nature as a limiting factor --
Human adaptation to environment --
Cultural ecology : comparison in human-environment research --
Applications of the cultural ecological method --
Ecological anthropology --
Ethnoecological and cognitive approaches --
Historical ecology --
Political ecology --
Political economy and human adaptability --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Notes --
3. Fundamental concepts and methods --
Ecosystem relationships --
Soils and plant productivity --
Physiological responses --
Sociocultural regulatory adjustments --
Information and decisions : towards actor-based approaches --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Note --
4. Environmental change and spatial analysis --
The challenge of scale and levels of analysis --
Human adaptability to global environmental change --
The use of remote sensing and GIS in the social sciences --
Experimental approaches in the social sciences --
Spatial analysis and the study of institutions --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Notes --
pt. 2. Studies of human adaptability --
5. Human adaptability to Arctic zones --
The Arctic ecosystem --
Adaptation to cold stress --
Coping with snow and sea ice --
Adaptation to prolonged light and darkness --
Coping with low biological productivity --
Change in the Arctic --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Note --
6. Human adaptability to high altitudes --
Mountain ecosystems --
Adaptation to hypoxia --
Adaptability to cold stress in the Andes --
Aridity and low productivity --
Climate change and high altitude ecosystems --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Notes --
7. Human adaptability to arid lands --
Desert ecosystems --
Adjustments to dry heat --
Utilization of resources --
Irrigation --
Change in desert ecosystems --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
8. Human adaptability to grasslands --
Grasslands ecosystems --
Herd management --
Relations with cultivators --
Adaptive strategies in the Northern Plains --
Global change and the future of grasslands and pastoralism --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
9. Human adaptability to the humid tropics --
Tropical rain forest ecosystems --
Coping with ecosystem complexity --
Adaptability to humid heat --
Global change processes and alternatives to deforestation --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Notes --
pt. 3. Urban sustainability --
10. Urban ecology and urban sustainability --
The history of cities --
The ecology of cities --
Spatial aspects of the city : compact vs. sprawl patterns --
Reducing dependence on the automobile --
Cities and the upcoming water crisis --
An integrative view of the urban ecosystem --
The urban LTERs --
Final remarks --
Suggested readings and useful Websites --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Emilio F. Moran.

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