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

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ISBN-10: 0521446309

ISBN-13: 9780521446303

Edition: 1990

Authors: B. L. Turner, William C. Clark, Robert W. Kates, John F. Richards, Jessica T. Mathews

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $72.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 732
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.850
Language: English

William C. Clark is Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

John F. Richards is Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of The Mughal Empire (1993) and Mughal Administration in Golconda (1975) and the editor of Land, Property and the Environment (2001). He is coeditor of World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century (1988) and Global Deforestation and the Nineteenth-Century World Economy (1983).

Foreword
Preface
The great transformation
Changes in Population and Society
Long-term population change
Population
Technological change
Institutions, organizations and cultural values
The increasing separation of production and consumption
Urbanization
Awareness of human impacts: changing attitudes and emphases
Transformations of the Global Environment: Long-term perspective
Long-term environmental change
Land
Land transformation
Forests
Soils
Sediment transfer and siltation
Water
Use and transformation of terrestrial water systems
Water quality and flows
The coastal zone
Oceans and Atmosphere
Atmospheric trace constituents
Marine environment
Climate
Biota
Terrestrial fauna
Marine biota
Flora
Chemicals and Radiation
Carbon
Sulphur
Nitrogen and phosphorus
Trace pollutants
The ionizing radiations
Regional Studies of Transformation: Long-term perspective
Huang-Huai-Hai plain
Tropical frontiers
Amazonia
Borneo and Malay peninsular
Highlands
Caucasia
East Africa Highlands
Plains
The Russian plain
The United States great plains
Populous South
The basin of Mexico
Nigeria
Populous North
Sweden
Hudson-Raritan Basin
Switzerland
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
Postscript