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An imperfect balance : landscape transformations in the Precolumbian Americas

Author: David L Lentz
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2000.
Series: Historical ecology series.
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We often envision the New World before the arrival of the Europeans as a land of pristine natural beauty and undisturbed environments. However, David Lentz offers an alternative view by detailing the impact of native cultures on these ecosystems prior to their contact with Europeans. Drawing on a wide range of experts from the fields of paleoclimatology, historical ecology, paleontology, botany, geology,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Imperfect balance.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2000
(DLC) 00022681
(OCoLC)43615295
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David L Lentz
ISBN: 0231505515 9780231505512
OCLC Number: 51615736
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 547 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction: definitions and conceptual underpinnings / David L. Lentz --
Climate change in the Northern American tropics and subtropics since the last ice age: implications for environment and culture / David A. Hodell, Mark Brenner, and Jason H. Curtis --
Vegetation in the floristic regions of North and Central America / Andrew M. Greller --
Anthropocentric food webs in the Precolumbian Americas / David L. Lentz --
Prehispanic agricultural systems in the basin of Mexico / Emily McClung de Tapia --
Prehispanic water management and agricultural intensification in Mexico and Venezuela: implications for contemporary ecological planning / Charles S. Spencer --
Stability and instability in prehispanic Maya landscapes / Nicholas Dunning and Timothy Beach --
Precolumbian silviculture and indigenous management of neotropical forests / Charles M. Peters --
Native farming systems and ecosystems in the Mississippi River valley / Gayle J. Fritz --
Hohokam impacts on Sonoran Desert environment / Suzanne K. Fish --
Vegetation of the tropical Andes: an overview / James L. Luteyn and Steven P. Churchill --
The Lake Titicaca Basin: a Precolumbian built landscape / Clark L. Erickson --
Andean land use at the cusp of history / Terence N. D'Altroy --
Lowland vegetation of tropical South America: an overview / Douglas C. Daly and John D. Mitchell --
The lower Amazon: a dynamic human habitat / Anna C. Roosevelt.
Series Title: Historical ecology series.
Responsibility: David L. Lentz, editor.
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We often envision the New World before the arrival of the Europeans as a land of pristine natural beauty and undisturbed environments. However, David Lentz offers an alternative view by detailing the impact of native cultures on these ecosystems prior to their contact with Europeans. Drawing on a wide range of experts from the fields of paleoclimatology, historical ecology, paleontology, botany, geology, conservation science, and resource management, this book unlocks the secret of how the Western Hemisphere's indigenous inhabitants influenced and transformed their natural environment.<BR.

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