Environmental Change: The Evolving Ecosphere

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Overview

Environmental Change presents an introductory exploration of past, present and future change in the environment. Combining the ecological and evolutionary approaches brought forth in his related title, Geoecology, Huggett introduces the interconnected aspects of the natural environment—ecological, geological and cosmic—and the dynamic nature of the environmental system. The book examines human-environment interaction, and biological and physical evidence and causes of environmental change over a range of timescales. Exploring rates and directions of change, Huggett postulates an unending adaption of the ecosphere and its parts to ever-changing circumstances, including those triggered by human actions, and looks towards likely environmental changes in the future.
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Huggert (geography, U. of Manchester, UK) explores the nature, causes, rates, and directions of the environmental changes that have occurred throughout the history of the earth. He combines an ecological approach that sees all parts of the ecosphere as interdependent and interacting with their cosmic and geological milieus with an evolutionary approach that sees the ecosphere and its parts as continually adapting to ever-changing circumstances. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415145206
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/12/1997
  • Pages: 404
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of colour plates
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Preface
1 Introducing Environmental Change 1
2 Cosmosphere 32
3 Lithosphere and Barysphere 56
4 Atmosphere 95
5 Hydrosphere 137
6 Pedosphere 173
7 Toposphere 222
8 Biosphere and Ecosphere 262
9 Environmental Evolution 308
Bibliography 317
Index 366
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