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The Earth as Transformed by Human Action
Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 Years

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  • Date Published: April 1991
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1993
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521363570

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  • The Earth as Transformed by Human Action is the culmination of a mammoth undertaking involving the examination of the toll our continual strides forward, technical and social, take on our world. The purpose of such a study is to document the changes in the biosphere that have taken place over the last 300 years, to contrast global patterns of change to those appearing on a regional level, and to explain the major human forces that have driven these changes. The first section deals strictly with the major human forces of the past 300 years and the second is a detailed account of the transformations of the global environment wrought by human action. The final section examines a range of perspectives and theories that purport to explain human actions with regard to the biosphere.

    • Comprehensive and valuable reference
    • Indispensable resource on global change
    • Well organised, with conformity of style
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Collectively, this is a superb and comprehensive volume.' Geology

    ' … a landmark study, which will undoubtedly be a valuable reference and source of information for many years to come.' Geophysics

    ' … an impressive and highly laudable undertaking by geographers to 'put it all together', that is, to establish a theoretical framework for assessing the environmental changes wrought by modern societies in the past three centuries, and to document these changes in detail. As such, the tome will serve as an indispensable reference and resource on global change. It will be used by all scholars, teachers and students concerned with the increasingly pressing issue of the environment and its management - or mismanagement - by humans everywhere on our planet.' Nature

    'Despite the large number of authors and the enormous amount of information presented in each chapter, individual chapters read well, and the book as a whole is well-organised. The editors have produced a book with a clear conceptual theme and conformity of style among chapters; the tables and figures are exceptional. An important reference on human ecology that belongs in the library of every environmental scientist …' Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521363570
    • length: 729 pages
    • dimensions: 289 x 226 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.93kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 156 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1993
  • Table of Contents

    1. The great transformation
    Part I. Changes in Population and Society:
    2. Long-term population change
    3. Population
    4. Technological change
    5. Institutions, organizations and cultural values
    6. The increasing separation of production and consumption
    7. Urbanization
    8. Awareness of human impacts: changing attitudes and emphases
    Part II. Transformations of the Global Environment: Long-term perspective
    9. Long-term environmental change
    10. Land transformation
    11. Forests
    12. Soils
    13. Sediment transfer and siltation
    14. Use and transformation of terrestrial water systems
    15. Water quality and flows
    16. The coastal zone
    Oceans and Atmosphere
    17. Atmospheric trace constituents
    18. Marine environment
    19. Climate
    20. Terrestrial fauna
    21. Marine biota
    22. Flora
    Chemicals and Radiation
    23. Carbon
    24. Sulphur
    25. Nitrogen and phosphorus
    26. Trace pollutants
    27. The ionizing radiations
    Part III. Regional Studies of Transformation: Long-term perspective
    28. Huang-Huai-Hai plain
    Tropical frontiers
    29. Amazonia
    30. Borneo and Malay peninsular
    31. Caucasia
    32. East Africa Highlands
    33. The Russian plain
    34. The United States great plains
    Populous South
    35. The basin of Mexico
    36. Nigeria
    Populous North
    37. Sweden
    38. Hudson-Raritan Basin
    39. Switzerland
    Part IV. Understanding Transformations:
    40. The realm of meaning
    41. The realm of social relations: towards an integrative theory
    42. The realm of cultural ecology: adaptation and change in historical perspective

  • Editors

    B. L. Turner, Clark University, Massachusetts

    William C. Clark, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Robert W. Kates, Brown University, Rhode Island

    John F. Richards, Duke University, North Carolina

    Jessica T. Mathews, World Resources Institute, Washington DC

    William B. Meyer, Clark University, Massachusetts

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