Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Background 1
1 The Mediterranean region in its context 3
2 The geological setting 14
Pt. 2 The dynamic environment 57
3 The Mediterranean climate and its evolution 59
4 Vegetation 120
5 The hydrological cycle of the Basin and its watershed 154
6 Erosion processes 171
7 Fire 193
8 The Mediterranean Sea 203
Pt. 3 The human impact on the environment 211
9 Background to prehistoric and historic land use 213
10 Traditional land-use patterns 1: agriculture 230
11 Traditional land-use patterns 2: rural settlement 268
12 Traditional land-use patterns 3: urban settlement 277
13 Traditional land-use patterns 4: use of mineral resources 293
Pt. 4 The Mediterranean environment under increasing pressure 299
14 The present human landscape 301
15 Agricultural changes in the twentieth century 319
16 The impact of depopulation 338
17 Pollution 345
18 Water resources 354
19 The desertification problem 370
20 Potential climatic change and its effects 380
21 Key issues for mitigation 396
Bibliography 411
Index 469
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