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Man's role in changing the face of the earth

Author: William L Thomas; National Science Foundation (U.S.); Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
Publisher: Chicago ; London : Published for the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the National Science Foundation by University of Chicago Press, 1970, ©1956.
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William L Thomas; National Science Foundation (U.S.); Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
ISBN: 0226796051 9780226796055
OCLC Number: 221877006
Notes: Originally published in one vol.: Chicago : University of Chicago Press ; London : Cambridge University Press, 1956.
Description: 2 volumes (1193 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Volume 1: Part I. Retrospect : Man's tenure of the earth : The agency of man on the earth / Carl O. Sauer ; Changing ideas of the habitable world / Clarence J. Glacken ; Cultural differences in the interpretation of natural resources / Alexander Spoehr ; The antiquity and world expansion of human culture / Pierre Teilhard de Chardin --
Through the corridors of time : Fire as the first great force employed by man / Omer C. Stewart ; Early food-producing populations / Karl J. Narr ; The hydraulic civilizations / Karl A. Wittfogel ; Effects of classical antiquity on the land / Fritz M. Heichelheim ; The clearing of the woodland in Europe / H.C. Darby ; The ecology of peasant life in western Europe / E. Estyn Evans ; The quality of peasant living in central Europe / Gottfried Pfeifer ; On the role of nature and man in changing the face of the dry belt of Asia / Hermann von Wissmann, et al. ; Changes in climate, vegetation, and human adjustment in the Saharo-Arabian belt, with special reference to Africa / Soliman Huzayyin ; Introduction to the subsistence economy of India / E.K. Janaki Ammal ; The quality of land use of tropical cultivators / Pierre Gourou ; The grassland of North America: its occupance and the challenge of continuous reappraisals / James C. Malin ; The age of fossil fuels / Eugene Ayres ; The natural history of urbanization / Lewis Mumford --
Symposium discussion : Retrospect : Man's tenure of the earth ; Subsistence economics ; Commercial economics ; Industrial revolution and urban dominance --
Volume II : Part II. Process : Introductory : Environmental changes through forces independent of man / Richard J. Russell ; The processes of environmental change by man / Paul B. Sears --
Man's effects on the seas and waters of the land : Harvests of the seas / Michael Graham ; Influences of man upon coast lines / John H. Davis ; Man's ports and channels / Lester E. Klimm ; Changes in quantities and qualities of ground and surface waters / Harold E. Thomas --
Alternations of climatic elements : Modification of rural microclimates / C.W. Thornthwaite : The climate of towns / H.E. Landsberg ; Artificially induced precipitation and its potentialities / Vincent J. Schaefer --
Slope and soil changes through human use : The nature of induced erosion and aggradation / Arthur N. Strahler ; Land use and sediment yield / Luna B. Leopold ; Physical, chemical, and biochemical changes in the soil community / William A. Albrecht --
Modifications of biotic communities : The re-creative power of plant communities / Edward H. Graham ; Fire, primitive agriculture, and grazing in the tropics / H.H. Bartlett ; The modification of mid-latitude grasslands and forests by man / John T. Curtis ; The impact of exotic invasion on the remaining New World mid-latitude grasslands / Andrew H. Clark ; Man as a maker of new plants and new plant communities / Edgar Anderson ; Man's ecological dominance through domesticated animals on wild lands / F. Fraser Darling --
Man as an agent in the spread of organisms / Marston Bates --
Ecology of wastes : Disposal of man's wastes / Abel Wolman ; Sanitation practices and disease control in extending and improving areas for human habitation / A. Leslie Banks and J.A. Hislop ; Effects of fission material on air, soil, and living species / John C. Bugher --
Urban-industrial demands upon the land : Man's selective attack on ores and minerals / Donald H. McLaughlin ; The role of transportation and the bases for interaction / Edward L. Ullman ; The pressure of residential-industrial land use / Chauncy D. Harris ; Recreational land use / Artur Glikson --
Symposium discussion : Process ; Changes in physical phenomena ; Changes in biological communities ; Techniques of learning: their limitations and fit --
Part III. Prospect : Limits of man and the earth : The time scale in human affairs / Charles G. Darwin ; The spiral of population / Warren S. Thompson;- Possible limits of raw-material consumption / Samuel H. Ordway, Jr. ; Limitations to energy use / Charles A. Scarlott ; Technological denudation / Harrison Brown --
The role of man : Influence of man upon nature, the Russian view: a case study / Albert E. Burke ; Man's relation to the earth in its bearing on his aesthetic, ethical, and legal values / F.S.C. Northrop --
Symposium discussion : Prospect : Limits of the earth: materials and ideas ; Man's self-transformation ; The unstable equilibrium of man in nature --
Part IV. Summary remarks : Retrospect / Carl O. Sauer ; Process / Marston Bates ; Prospect / Lewis Mumford.
Responsibility: edited by William L. Thomas, with the collaboration of Carl O. Sauer, Marston Bates, Lewis Mumford.

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