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The Earth as Transformed by Human Action : Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 Years - B. L. Turner

The Earth as Transformed by Human Action

Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 Years

By: B. L. Turner (Editor), William C. Clark (Editor), Robert W. Kates (Editor), John F. Richards (Editor), Jessica T. Mathews (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521446303
Number Of Pages: 732

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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.

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

The great transformation
Changes in Population and Society
Long-term population change
Technological change
Institutions, organizations and cultural values
The increasing separation of production and consumption
Awareness of human impacts: changing attitudes and emphases
Transformations of the Global Environment: Long-term perspective
Long-term environmental change
Land transformation
Sediment transfer and siltation
Use and transformation of terrestrial water systems
Water quality and flows
The coastal zone
Oceans and Atmosphere
Atmospheric trace constituents
Marine environment
Terrestrial fauna
Marine biota
Chemicals and Radiation
Nitrogen and phosphorus
Trace pollutants
The ionizing radiations
Regional Studies of Transformation: Long-term perspective
Huang-Huai-Hai plain
Tropical frontiers
Borneo and Malay peninsular
East Africa Highlands
The Russian plain
The United States great plains
Populous South
The basin of Mexico
Populous North
Hudson-Raritan Basin
Understanding Transformations
The realm of meaning
The realm of social relations: towards an integrative theory
The realm of cultural ecology: adaptation and change in historical perspective
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ISBN: 9780521446303
ISBN-10: 0521446309
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 732
Published: 26th April 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.02 x 21.36  x 3.91
Weight (kg): 1.68