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The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia : Oxford Regional Environments - Avijit Gupta

The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia

Oxford Regional Environments

By: Avijit Gupta (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9780199248025
Number Of Pages: 468

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The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia examines the complex mosaic of physical environments which comprise Southeast Asia, and the current environmental problems and management practices which have arisen in this part of the world. The book is in three sections. The first section introduces the basic environmental components (geology, landforms, rivers, vegetation, and others) across the entire region. The second section discusses specific environments that are characteristic of this assemblage of continental and maritime landscapes (volcanic islands, coastal environment, granitic terrains, karst, etc.). The third and final section illustrates the ecological relationship between the environment and people (volcanic hazards, urban environment, coastal zone development, coral reefs, and others). The physical environment of Southeast Asia is examined at different levels, covering a world region that ranges from ancient, stable landmasses to dynamic, unstable plate boundaries, from aged, primary rainforests to brash, vibrant, resource-demanding built environments. Southeast Asia has been perceived as a laboratory for studying plate tectonics. It is an assemblage of large river basins, peninsulas and archipelagos, and seas surrounded by islands. It is an area of great physical variations where parts of the physical environment have been significantly degraded anthropogenically, following rapid population growth and development. In large parts of the region, the forms and processes on land and offshore should no longer be seen as entirely natural. As this book repeatedly illustrates, plate tectonics and people are both important contributors to the physical geography of Southeast Asia. The contributors to this volume are distinguished, scholarly, and have a long association with Southeast Asia. The chapters are not only skilfully built on state-of-the-art research findings but also include new material from the on-going research activities of the authors. The book goes beyond being the first comprehensive and detailed volume of the biophysical geography of Southeast Asia in that it also deals with the tropical environment and the relationship between environment and people in a rapidly developing world region.

Clearly, as research continues into the geophysical forces that govern the region, various lacunae remain to be filled. This book tells us where we need to look and points the way to some of the most important research frontiers facing us in the coming decade. * Annals of the Association of American Geographers *

Avijit Gupta: Introduction I. The Physical Framework 1: Chales S. Hutchison: The Geological Framework 2: Geoffrey Hope: The Quaternary in Southeast Asia 3: Avijit Gupta: Landforms of Southeast Asia 4: Avijit Gupta: Rivers of Southeast Asia 5: Goh Kim Chuan: The Climate of Southeast Asia 6: Rudi Dudal: Soils of Southeast Asia 7: Richard T. Corlett: Vegetation II. Specific Environments 8: C.R. Twidale: Granite Terrains 9: Herman Th. Verstappen: Volcanic Islands 10: David Gillieson: Karst in Southeast Asia 11: P.P. Wong: The Coastal Environment of Southeast Asia 12: Ian Douglas: The Mekong River Basin 13: Colin D. Woodroffe: Southeast Asian Deltas III. Environment and People 14: Avijit Gupta: Accelerated Erosion and Sedimentation in Southeast Asia 15: Jan J. Nossin: Volcanic Hazards in Southeast Asia 16: Jean-Claude Thouret and Franck Lavigne: Hazards and Risks at Gunung Merapi, Central Java: A Case Study 17: Goh Kim Chuan: Hydrology and Rural Water Supply in Southeast Asia 18: Ian Douglas: The Urban Environment in Southeast Asia 19: Avijit Gupta nd Goh Kim Chuan: Water Supply to Cities 20: Ian Douglas: Urban Geomorphology, Kuala Lumpur 21: Prinya Nutalaya and Noppadol Phienwej: Subsidence and Flooding in Bangkok 22: Shami Sani: Urban Pollution in Southeast Asia 23: P.P. Wong: Coastal Zone Development in Southeast Asia 24: M.D. Spalding: Coral Reefs of Southeast Asia: Controls, Patterns, and Human Impacts

ISBN: 9780199248025
ISBN-10: 0199248028
Series: Oxford Regional Environments
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.21