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From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to the Present / Edition 1
     

From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to the Present / Edition 1

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by Gordon G. Whitney
 

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ISBN-10: 052139452X

ISBN-13: 9780521394529

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book documents the making of the American landscape following European settlement in the sixteenth century. From coastal wilderness to fruited plain is an account of the transformation of 'virgin' forest and grassland into the managed agro- and urban ecosystems of today by native Americans, trappers, farmers, engineers and lumbermen. The degree to which the

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This book documents the making of the American landscape following European settlement in the sixteenth century. From coastal wilderness to fruited plain is an account of the transformation of 'virgin' forest and grassland into the managed agro- and urban ecosystems of today by native Americans, trappers, farmers, engineers and lumbermen. The degree to which the activities of these groups altered the soil, climate, plant and animal communities and water cycle are evaluated, and the sustainability of present-day ecosystems brought into question.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521394529
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Conversion of English to metric units; US state abbreviations; Common and scientific names of trees mentioned in the text; Photographic essay illustrating the character and the demise of the pre-settlement vegetation of the Northeast and the Midwest; 1. Introduction; 2. Reconstructing the past; 3. Nature imposes ...; 4. The forest primeval; 5. Preservers of the ecological balance wheel; 6. European precedents; 7. Assault upon the forest, part I: the farmer; 8. Assault upon the forest, part II: the lumber industry; 9. Assault upon the forest, part III: fuel-wood; 10. Predatory agriculture; 11. Grassland agriculture; 12. Forest influences; 13. A transported flora; 14. An impoverished fauna; 15. The legislated landscape; 16. Conclusion; References; Index.

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From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to the Present 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I found this text while writing my senior thesis on the Chestnut tree blight (Castanea dentata). This text is THE definitive work on pre-Columbian ecology of the United States. List of plants and animals that were common place in PA (my state) were truly eye opening. If you are an Ecology, Natural Horticulture, or Environmental Designer, this book is an outstanding look at the former biodiversity of our nation. Very in-depth and informative. A great reference text.