Geodiversity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature / Edition 1by Murray Gray
Pub. Date: 12/12/2003
A counterpoint to biodiversity, geodiversity describes the rocks, sediments, soils, fossils, landforms, and the physical processes that underlie our environment. The first book to focus exclusively on the subject, Geodiversity describes the interrelationships between geodiversity and biodiversity, the value of geodiversity to society, as well as current threats to its existence. Illustrated with global case studies throughout, the book examines traditional approaches to protecting biodiversity and the new management agenda which is starting to be used instead.
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Table of ContentsPreface.
Chapter 1 Defining Geodiversity.
1.1 A diverse world
1.4 Geodiversity as a resource
1.5 Aims and structure of the book
Chapter 2 Describing Geodiversity.
2.2 Origin of the Earth
2.3 Early history of the Earth
2.4 Plate Tectonics
2.5 Landscapes of plate interiors
2.6 Earth materials
2.7 Processes & landforms
Chapter 3 Valuing Geodiversity.
3.2 Intrinsic or existence value
3.3 Cultural value
3.4 Aesthetic value
3.5 Economic value
3.6 Functional value
3.7 Research and educational value
Chapter 4 Threats to Geodiversity.
4.2 Mineral extraction
4.3 Landfill and quarry restoration
4.4 Land development and urban expansion
4.5 Coastal erosion and protection
4.6 River management, hydrology and engineering
4.7 Forestry, vegetation growth and removal
4.9 Other land management changes
4.10 Recreation/tourism pressures
4.11 Removal of geological specimens
4.12 Climate and sea-level change
4.14 Military activity
4.15 Lack of information/education
4.16 Cumulative impacts and sensitivity to change
Chapter 5 Conserving Geodiversity: the protected area and legislative approaches.
5.2 Beginning of the conservation movement in N. America
5.3 Early British experience
5.4 The protected area and legislative approaches
5.5 International conservation
5.6 The European dimension
5.7 National conservation systems
5.12 Northern Europe
5.13 Eastern Europe
5.14 West-Central Europe
5.15 Southern Europe
5.17 New Zealand
5.18 The rest of the World
5.19 International geoconservation revisited
Chapter 6 Managing Geodiversity: new approaches for the wider landscape.
6.1 Sustainable management of the georesource
6.2 Assessing the wider geodiversity resource
6.4 Landform design
6.6 Land-use planning systems
6.7 Environmental Impact Assessment
6.8 Policies, strategies, audits & charters
6.9 Communication, interpretation and education
Chapter 7 Integrating geodiversity and biodiversity.
7.2 Criticisms of "geodiversity"
7.3 Measuring geodiversity
7.4 Integrating geodiversity and biodiversity
7.5 Integrated land management
7.6 Potential geodiversity/biodiversity conflicts
Chapter 8 Towards a vision for geodiversity conservation.
8.1 Valuing and conserving geodiversity
8.2 A vision for geodiversity conservation
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