Ecological Relations in Historical Times: Human Impact and Adaptation

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This book brings together ecologists, geographers, environmental historians and archaeologists in a series of studies of changing ecological relations in Europe and North America over the last 2000 years. By comparing inferences from a range of data sources, the authors provide new perspectives on the processes of environmental change in the past and in the present - and in doing so throw new light on human cultures and natural ecosystems.
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Oxford 1995 Hardcover First Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket Larger 8vo. pp. xvi, (1), 344, b/w photographs, sketch illustrations, charts and maps, "The nature, extent and ... consequences of the human impact on ecological systems form one of the key questions of contemporary science. The destruction of habitats (wetland, rainforest, savanna, moorland, woodland) proceeds inexorably throughout the world, with concomitant impacts on plant and animal life, on human-environment relations and on global environmental systems. But the human impact is by no means new, and can be traced for at least 25, 000 years. Up until historical times this impact can be measured only by means of the study of relict environments, the fossil record and archaeological reconstruction. In historical times, however, it is possible to compare contemporary documentation of environmental impact (of agriculture, urbanization, faunal exploitation, and so on) with scientific evidence of, for example, landscape change, altered ecosystems a Read more Show Less

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This book brings together ecologists, geographers, environmental historians and archaeologists in a series of studies of changing ecological relations in Europe and North America over the last 2000 years. By comparing inferences from a range of data sources, the authors provide new perspectives on the processes of environmental change in the past and in the present - and in doing so throw new light on human cultures and natural ecosystems.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Plates
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Preface
1 Ecological relations in historical times: an introduction 1
Pt. I Scotland 15
2 The machair vegetation of South Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland: its interacting ecological, geomorphic and historical dimensions 17
3 A lake-sediment record of changing land-use intensity on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland 45
4 A Scottish broad: historical, stratigraphic and numerical studies associated with polleniferous deposits at Kilconquhar Loch 68
5 A rising cloud of midges in the Scottish Highlands? 88
Pt. II England and Wales 99
6 Medieval land use, agriculture and environmental change on Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Northumbria 101
7 A rough and cold country: farming and landscape changes in northern Snowdonia since c.1600 122
8 Social, economic and environmental change in the fen and fen-edge region of East Cambridgeshire in the nineteenth century 146
9 Woodland history and plant indicator species in north-east Yorkshire, England 169
Pt. III The North Atlantic Region 191
10 Ancient Saami in Finnish Lapland and their impact on the forest vegetation 193
11 Introductions, extinctions or continuity? Faunal change in the North Atlantic Islands 206
12 By-passing Ellis Island: insect immigration to North America 226
13 A question of Landnam: pollen, charcoal and insect studies on Papey, eastern Iceland 245
Pt. IV North America and the Caribbean 265
14 Ecological responses to ecosystem shock in the island Caribbean: the aftermath of Columbus, 1492-1992 267
15 Human impact on the wetlands of Belize, Central America 280
16 Invasion and transformation of California's valley grassland, a Mediterranean analogue ecosystem 308
Index 333
Related Titles: List of IBG Special Publications 343
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