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The Human Impact on the Natural Environment : Past, Present, and Future.

Author: Andrew S Goudie
Publisher: Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth.:.; Explores the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere.; Updated extensively, with many new figures and up-to-date statistics.;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew S Goudie
ISBN: 9781444309171 144430917X
OCLC Number: 437111696
Description: 1 online resource (376 pages)
Contents: PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITION; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Part I The Past and Present; 1 INTRODUCTION; The development of ideas; The development of human population and stages of cultural development; Hunting and gathering; Humans as cultivators, keepers, and metal workers; Modern industrial and urban civilizations; Points for review; Guide to reading; 2 THE HUMAN IMPACT ON VEGETATION; Introduction; The use of fire; Fires: natural and anthropogenic; The temperatures attained in fires; Some consequences of fire suppression; Some effects of fire on vegetation; The role of grazing; Deforestation. Secondary rain forestThe human role in the creation and maintenance of savanna; The spread of desert vegetation on desert margins; The maquis of the Mediterranean lands; The prairie problem; Post-glacial vegetation change in Britain and Europe; Lowland heaths; Introduction, invasion, and explosion; Air pollution and its effects on plants; Forest decline; Miscellaneous causes of plant decline; The change in genetic and species diversit.

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The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth.:.; Explores the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere.; Updated extensively, with many new figures and up-to-date statistics.; Four completely new chapters explore the ways in which global climate change may have an impact on Earth in the future.; A new design makes the text even more accessible and easy to u.

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