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With its wide variety of topics and up-to-date coverage, the fifth edition is an excellent resource for landscape planners and designers, scientists, and environmentalists. It focuses on environmental problems associated with land planning, landscape design, and land use. New coverage is included on adaptive planning as an approach necessary to build a sustainable landscape. Greater emphasis is placed on systems and updated case studies are integrated throughout the chapters. This edition also arms the reader with a collection of best management practices, which can be applied in the field.
"Marsh (U. of British Columbia and emeritus U. of Michigan) presents the 25th anniversary edition of his textbook and guide explaining how to deal reasonably with the land in the face of expanding land use and changing technology. Most readers will be in the early stages of their career, he suggests, and he hopes to establish some basic principles they can adapt and apply for a long time." (Book News Inc, November 2010)
Suggests to students of physical geography, planning, and landscape architecture how the three disciplines relate to environmental problems and issues. The second edition (first in 1983) takes account of the growing permeability between fields, shifts of attention to new applications, and comments by students and instructors on the first edition. Accessible to nonspecialists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)