Geodiversity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature / Edition 2by Murray Gray
Pub. Date: 11/04/2013
The first book to focus exclusively on the subject, Geodiversity, Second Edition 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 geodiversity/i>
The first book to focus exclusively on the subject, Geodiversity, Second Edition 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 geodiversity and the new management agenda now being implemented. The Second Edition of this successful textbook continues to build on the success of the first edition which is still the standard reference for the subject.
Fully revised and updated throughout, the Second Edition now includes new material on geoparks, geotourism and implications of climate change for geoconservation.
Reviews of previous edition:
“Murray Gray’s new book is the first widely available text to bring together and analyse some of these emerging ideas….The result is a book that should be in the library of every land manager and one that is likely to lead many practicing geoscientists and quaternarists to a new view of the importance of their field for nature conservation and environmental management… (Journal of Quaternary Science, Vol.19, No.8, December 2004)
“It is strange that it is necessary to justify the importance of geodiversity…. Murray Gray does it with brilliance, not only to convince ‘non-believers’, but giving inspiration to us that have worked in geoconservation for a long time” (ProGEO News, 3 & 4, 2003)
"...The author provides a timely review of recent advances in the integration of geodiversity into wider conservation and planning strategies..." ….” (Journal of Quaternary Science, Vol.19, No.8, December 2004)
"...the book is well-written and follows a clear and concise outline." (Environmental Geology, Vol. 48, No. 2, July 2005)
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Table of Contents
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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