Geosphere: The Land and Its Usesby Dana Desonie
People exploit the land for resources such as oil, minerals, and timber, and they convert vast expanses of natural terrain to landscapes that better meet their needs. Forests become tree plantations, wilderness is converted to agricultural land, and even farms are paved over to make cities. Already, about half the ice-free land area on Earth has been converted for human purposes, and that amount is increasing rapidly. Geosphere introduces readers to the concept of sustainability-the idea that economic and social development and environmental protection must be achieved together. Enhanced by color photographs and illustrations, this book details how the idea of sustainability is gaining ground with individuals, communities, and even nations, and shows readers how they, too, can become involved.
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