The Holocene: An Environmental History / Edition 2

The Holocene: An Environmental History / Edition 2

by Neil Roberts
     
 

Completely revised and updated, the new edition of this established text provides readers with a coherent scientific account of the great transformation of nature which took place during the last 10,000 years in the history of the planet, and the post-glacial period in which we are now living. It now includes substantial material on environmental and climate changes.… See more details below

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Completely revised and updated, the new edition of this established text provides readers with a coherent scientific account of the great transformation of nature which took place during the last 10,000 years in the history of the planet, and the post-glacial period in which we are now living. It now includes substantial material on environmental and climate changes. Illustrations. Photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631186380
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Technical Boxes
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2Reconstructing Holocene Environments8
Dating the Past9
Palaeoecological Techniques28
Geological Techniques40
Models of Environmental Reconstruction51
3The Pleistocene Prelude (>11,500 Cal. yr BP)55
Ice-age Environments56
The Terminal Pleistocene (16,000-11,500 Cal. yr BP)68
Human Ecology at the End of the Pleistocene78
4Early Holocene Adaptations (11,500-5000 Cal. yr BP)87
Changes in the Physical Environment88
The Return of the Forests99
The Ecology of Mesolithic Europe109
The Early Holocene in the Tropics112
Early Holocene Climates: Pattern and Process117
5The First Farmers127
Agricultural Origins128
The Role of Environmental Change in Early Agriculture142
Early Agricultural Impacts150
6The Taming of Nature (5000-500 Cal. yr BP)159
Changes in the Natural Environment162
Cultural Evolution171
Expansion at the Periphery179
Mediterranean Ecosystems186
The Making of the Landscape: the British Isles192
7The Impact of Modern Times (500-0 Cal. yr BP)207
Climatic Changes in Historical Times212
Land-use History and Soil Erosion216
Pollution Histories227
8The Environmental Future: A Holocene Perspective243
Holocene Environmental Crises247
Environmental Conservation and Holocene History249
AppendixCalibration Table for Radiocarbon Ages253
Glossary254
Bibliography258
Index305

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