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Land Degradation : Development and Breakdown of Terrestrial Environments - C. J. Barrow

Land Degradation

Development and Breakdown of Terrestrial Environments

Paperback Published: 11th April 1994
ISBN: 9780521466158
Number Of Pages: 316

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This book was originally published in 1991 when land degradation was becoming recognised as a key issue for world conservation as we approached the end of the twentieth century. The complex relationship between human development and the environment is explored in this book with a particular emphasis on the causes of land degradation processes. Having given a broad overview of what land degradation is and why it is occurring, Dr Barrow goes on to illustrate the problem in the context of different habitat types such as forest, woodland and drylands. The impact of human activities through global pollution and industrial and urban development, as well as conservation efforts, are discussed. Written as an introduction to the topic, this book provides a clear synthesis of ways of understanding the phenomenon of land degradation.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Land degradation: an overview
Why is land degradation occurring?
Land degradation through global pollution: the 'greenhouse effect'
Land degradation through global pollution
Degradation of tropical rainforests, tropical/subtropical seasonally dry and tropical/subtropical upland forests, woodlands and scrublands
Degradation of seasonally dry tropical/subtropical and Mediterranean woodlands and scrublands, temperate and high-latitude forests
The degradation of wetlands, tundra, uplands and islands
Land degradation in drylands
Non-erosive soil degradation
Erosive soil degradation
Land degradation through warfare, mineral extraction, industrial and urban development and increased movement of organisms
Conclusion
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521466158
ISBN-10: 0521466156
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 11th April 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 17.48  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.59