Geodiversity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature / Edition 1

Geodiversity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature / Edition 1

by Murray Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0470848952

ISBN-13: 9780470848951

Pub. Date: 12/12/2003

Publisher: Wiley

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470848951
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/12/2003
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.61(w) x 9.45(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.
Chapter 1 Defining Geodiversity.
1.1 A diverse world
1.2 Biodiversity
1.3 Geodiversity
1.4 Geodiversity as a resource
1.5 Aims and structure of the book
Chapter 2 Describing Geodiversity.
2.1 Introduction
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
2.8 Conclusions
Chapter 3 Valuing Geodiversity.
3.1 Introduction
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
3.8 Conclusions
Chapter 4 Threats to Geodiversity.
4.1 Introduction
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
4.8 Agriculture
4.9 Other land management changes
4.10 Recreation/tourism pressures
4.11 Removal of geological specimens
4.12 Climate and sea-level change
4.13 Fire
4.14 Military activity
4.15 Lack of information/education
4.16 Cumulative impacts and sensitivity to change
4.17 Conclusions
Chapter 5 Conserving Geodiversity: the protected area and legislative approaches.
5.1 Introduction
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
5.8 USA
5.9 Canada
5.10 UK
5.11 Ireland
5.12 Northern Europe
5.13 Eastern Europe
5.14 West-Central Europe
5.15 Southern Europe
5.16 Australia
5.17 New Zealand
5.18 The rest of the World
5.19 International geoconservation revisited
5.20 Conclusions
Chapter 6 Managing Geodiversity: new approaches for the wider landscape.
6.1 Sustainable management of the georesource
6.2 Assessing the wider geodiversity resource
6.3 Georestoration
6.4 Landform design
6.5 Geomaterials
6.6 Land-use planning systems
6.7 Environmental Impact Assessment
6.8 Policies, strategies, audits & charters
6.9 Communication, interpretation and education
6.10 Conclusions
Chapter 7 Integrating geodiversity and biodiversity.
7.1 Introduction
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
7.7 Conclusions
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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