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People and the Earth: Basic Issues in the Sustainability of Resources and Environment

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Overview

People and the Earth examines the basic components of our interaction with this planet, including the geologic restrictions on our ability to withdraw resources--food, water, energy, and minerals--from the earth, the effect human activity has on the earth, and the lingering damage caused by natural disasters. This book provides a lucid, scientific discussion of each issue, and speculates on what the future may hold. Written with wit and remarkable insight, and illustrated with numerous case histories, this ideal introductory textbook provides a balanced view of the complex environmental issues facing o ur civilization.
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"...a novel, from-the-ground-up approach to the overwhelming socioeconomic, political, scientific, and technological problems that face humanity as we approach the 21st century....As a beginning text in environmental or Earth systems science, it hits the mark squarely and effectively." GSA Today

"An exceptional book that also goes beyond the basics by tightly focusing at length on classical case studies that give students a sense of how truly complex many topics can be." Northeastern Naturalist

"...novel, entertaining, and refreshingly contentious...recommended reading for all those interested in earth's finite resources and the increasingly complex environmental issues that result from their continued exploitation." Earth Science Reviews

"The book is more than a well-balanced textbook for college or advanced secondary classes. And it is more than a handbook of the science of what many of us call 'human ecology' in the broadest sense of the term." Science Books & Films

"The impact of human society on the environment is becoming an increasingly visible subject of debate....This excellent introduction to this vast subject is designed as a text for an undergraduate course." The Leading Edge

"...provides a balanced view of the complex environmental issues affecting our civilisation." Geography, The Magazine of the Geographical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521560283
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of boxes
List of figures and tables
Preface
Units
1 People and Land 1
2 Food 33
3 Natural Hazards 71
4 Water 125
5 Energy 168
6 Mineral Resources 214
7 Waste and Pollution 247
8 Global Change 287
9 A Final Word 327
Author index 331
Subject index 335
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