The Physical Geography of South America

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The Physical Geography of South America, the eighth volume in the Oxford Regional Environments series, presents an enduring statement on the physical and biogeographic conditions of this remarkable continent and their relationships to human activity. It fills a void in recent environmental literature by assembling a team of specialists from within and beyond South America in order to provide an integrated, cross-disciplinary body of knowledge about this mostly tropical continent, together with its high mountains and temperate southern cone. The authors systematically cover the main components of the South American environment - tectonism, climate, glaciation, natural landscape changes, rivers, vegetation, animals, and soils. The book then presents more specific treatments of regions with special attributes from the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the Atacama Desert and Patagonian steppe, and from the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific coasts to the high Andes. Additionally, the continents environments are given a human face by evaluating the roles played by people over time, from pre-European and European colonial impacts to the effects of modern agriculture and urbanization, and from interactions with El Niño events to prognoses for the future environments of the continent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195313413
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/6/2007
  • Series: Oxford Regional Environments Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Systematic Framework
1. The Tectonic Framework of South America, Antony R. Orme
2. Tectonism, Climate, and Landscape Change, Antony R. Orme
3. Atmospheric Circulation and Climatic Variability, René D. Garreaud and Patricio Aceituno
4. Late Quaternary Glaciation of the Tropical Andes, Geoffrey O. Seltzer
5. Rivers, Thomas Dunne and Leal Anne Kerry Mertes
6. Flora and Vegetation, Kenneth R. Young, Paul E. Berry, and Thomas T. Veblen
7. Soils, Stanley Buol
8. Zoogeography, Peter Meserve
II Regional Environments
9. Tropical Forests of the Lowlands, Peter Furley
10. Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems, P.E. Rundel, P.E. Villagra, M.O. Dillon, S. Roig-Juñent, and G. Debandi
11. The Mediterranean Environment of Central Chile, Juan J. Armesto, Mary T.K. Arroyo, and Luis F. Hinojosa
12. Tropical and Subtropical Landscapes of the Andes, Kenneth R. Young and Blanca León, Peter M. Jørgensen, and Carmen Ulloa Ulloa
13. Temperate Forests of the Southern Andean Region, Thomas T. Veblen
14. Grasslands and Steppes of Patagonia and the Río de la Plata Plains, José María Paruelo, Estebán G. Jobbágy, Martín Oesterheld, Rodolfo A. Golluscio, and Martín R. Aguiar
15. Ocean Coasts and Continental Shelves, José Araya-Vergara
III Nature in the Human Context
16. Pre-European Human Impacts on Tropical Lowland Environments, William M. Denevan
17. The Legacy of European Colonialism, Gregory Knapp
18. Agriculture and Soil Erosion, Carol P. Harden and Glenn G. Hyman
19. Impacts of El Niño-Southern Oscillation on Natural and Human Systems, César Caviedes
20. Environmental Impacts of Urbanism, Jorgelina Hardoy and David Satterthwaite
21. Future Environments of South America, Thomas T. Veblen, Kenneth R. Young, and Antony R. Orme

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