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A. T. Grove and Oliver Rackham trace the evolution of climate and vegetation in southern Europe...
A. T. Grove and Oliver Rackham trace the evolution of climate and vegetation in southern Europe from prehistoric times to the present. They point out that since the climate has usually been unstable there, plant cover has had to accommodate to its extremes and has therefore become resilient under different patterns of human activity. They show that deluges, a major factor in promoting erosion and shaping valley floors and deltas, were more frequent during times of advancing glaciers than they are now. They assess the nature and functioning of agricultural terraces, the Mediterranean savanna, and karsts, badlands, and other desert-like landscapes. Finally, they point to the real threats to Mediterranean landscapes in the recent past and the immediate future: not only coastal development, but also bulldozing, excessive irrigation, and the consequences of depopulation in the interior.
About the Author:
T. Grove, a geographer, is emeritus fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. Oliver Rackham, a botanist in the department of forestry, is a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
|1||Introduction: Ruined Landscapes and the Question of Desertification||8|
|2||Present Climate and Weather||24|
|3||Geology and Geomorphology: the Dynamics of a Restless Region||37|
|4||Plant Life: the Dramatis Personae of Historical Ecology||45|
|5||Aspects of Human History||72|
|7||Climate in the Last 150 Years: the Period of Instrumental Measurements||119|
|8||The Little Ice Age: Extreme Weather in Historic Times||130|
|9||Climate in Early Historic and Prehistoric Times||141|
|10||Vegetation in Prehistory||151|
|11||Natural Vegetation in Historic Times||167|
|12||Mediterranean Savanna: Trees without Forests||190|
|13||Fire: Misfortune or Adaptation?||217|
|14||Current Erosion and its Measurement||241|
|16||Erosion History and Prehistory: Climate, Weather or Man-Made?||288|
|17||Euro-Deserts and Karst||312|
|18||Deltas and Soft Coasts||328|
|19||Over-Use of Ground-Water||351|
|20||Desertification or Change: what to do about it?||361|