The Earth as Transformed by Human Action: Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 Yearsby B. L. Turner II
Pub. Date: 01/29/1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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Table of ContentsForeword; Preface; 1. The great transformation; Part I. Changes in Population and Society: 2. Long-term population change; 3. Population; 4. Technological change; 5. Institutions, organizations and cultural values; 6. The increasing separation of production and consumption; 7. Urbanization; 8. Awareness of human impacts: changing attitudes and emphases; Part II. Transformations of the Global Environment: Long-term perspective; 9. Long-term environmental change; Land; 10. Land transformation; 11. Forests; 12. Soils; 13. Sediment transfer and siltation; Water; 14. Use and transformation of terrestrial water systems; 15. Water quality and flows; 16. The coastal zone; Oceans and Atmosphere; 17. Atmospheric trace constituents; 18. Marine environment; 19. Climate; Biota; 20. Terrestrial fauna; 21. Marine biota; 22. Flora; Chemicals and Radiation; 23. Carbon; 24. Sulphur; 25. Nitrogen and phosphorus; 26. Trace pollutants; 27. The ionizing radiations; Part III. Regional Studies of Transformation: Long-term perspective; 28. Huang-Huai-Hai plain; Tropical frontiers; 29. Amazonia; 30. Borneo and Malay peninsular; Highlands; 31. Caucasia; 32. East Africa Highlands; Plains; 33. The Russian plain; 34. The United States great plains; Populous South; 35. The basin of Mexico; 36. Nigeria; Populous North; 37. Sweden; 38. Hudson-Raritan Basin; 39. Switzerland; Part IV. Understanding Transformations: 40. The realm of meaning; 41. The realm of social relations: towards an integrative theory; 42. The realm of cultural ecology: adaptation and change in historical perspective; Postscript.
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