Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean / Edition 1

Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean / Edition 1

by John B. Thornes, John Wainwright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415156866

ISBN-13: 9780415156868

Pub. Date: 11/13/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Mediterranean has been subject to changing human settlement and land use patterns for millennia, and has a history of human exploitation in an inherently unstable landscape. Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean reviews both physical and social aspects of this region, in relation to its environment.
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The Mediterranean has been subject to changing human settlement and land use patterns for millennia, and has a history of human exploitation in an inherently unstable landscape. Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean reviews both physical and social aspects of this region, in relation to its environment.
Ideal for students who are studying a range of environmental issues, but want to see them linked within one regional context. The book begins with an introduction to the Mediterranean region, its history, physical and human geography and its environmental problems. It then goes on to examine:
* The Dynamic Environment - climate variables and fluctuations, vegetation, the hydrological cycle of the basin and its watershed, processes of erosion, fire and the Mediterranean Sea
*The Human Impact on the Environment - prehistoric and historic land use, traditional agriculture, rural and urban settlement and use of mineral resources
* The Mediterranean Environment Under Increasing Pressure - the present human landscape, changes in agriculture in the 20th century, the impact of depopulation, pollution, water resources, desertification and potential climatic change.
It then concludes with a discussion of the region's on-going environmental issues of water resources, land degradation, agricultural intensification and tourism, and considers how these can be approached using management techniques and national and regional policies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415156868
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/13/2003
Series:
Routledge Studies in Physical Geography and Environment Series
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1Background1
1The Mediterranean region in its context3
2The geological setting14
Pt. 2The dynamic environment57
3The Mediterranean climate and its evolution59
4Vegetation120
5The hydrological cycle of the Basin and its watershed154
6Erosion processes171
7Fire193
8The Mediterranean Sea203
Pt. 3The human impact on the environment211
9Background to prehistoric and historic land use213
10Traditional land-use patterns 1: agriculture230
11Traditional land-use patterns 2: rural settlement268
12Traditional land-use patterns 3: urban settlement277
13Traditional land-use patterns 4: use of mineral resources293
Pt. 4The Mediterranean environment under increasing pressure299
14The present human landscape301
15Agricultural changes in the twentieth century319
16The impact of depopulation338
17Pollution345
18Water resources354
19The desertification problem370
20Potential climatic change and its effects380
21Key issues for mitigation396
Bibliography411
Index469

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