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From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to the Present

ISBN-10: 052157658X
ISBN-13: 9780521576581
Edition: 1996
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Description: Using land surveys and early travellers' accounts, this book reconstructs the American landscape after European settlement. The degree to which the landscape was altered, as well as the sustainablity of present-day ecosystems are questioned.

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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Using land surveys and early travellers' accounts, this book reconstructs the American landscape after European settlement. The degree to which the landscape was altered, as well as the sustainablity of present-day ecosystems are questioned.

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Conversion of English to metric units
US state abbreviations
Common and scientific names of trees mentioned in the text
Photographic essay illustrating the character and the demise of the pre-settlement vegetation of the Northeast and the Midwest
Introduction
Reconstructing the past
Nature imposes ...
The forest primeval
Preservers of the ecological balance wheel
European precedents
Assault upon the forest, part I: the farmer
Assault upon the forest, part II: the lumber industry
Assault upon the forest, part III: fuel-wood
Predatory agriculture
Grassland agriculture
Forest influences
A transported flora
An impoverished fauna
The legislated landscape
Conclusion
References
Index

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