The Earth as Transformed by Human Action: Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere Over the Past 300 Years

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B. L. Turner, Higgins Professor of Environment and Society Graduate School of Geography and George Perkins Marsh Institute B L Turner, II, William C. Clark, Robert W. Kates, Jessica T. Mathews, John F. Richards, William B. Meyer
CUP Archive, 1990 - Nature - 713 pages
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The Earth as Transformed by Human Action is the culmination of a mammoth undertaking involving the examination of the toll our continual strides forward, technical and social, take on our world. The purpose of such a study is to document the changes in the biosphere that have taken place over the last 300 years, to contrast global patterns of change to those appearing on a regional level, and to explain the major human forces that have driven these changes. The first section deals strictly with the major human forces of the past 300 years and the second is a detailed account of the transformations of the global environment wrought by human action. The final section examines a range of perspectives and theories that purport to explain human actions with regard to the biosphere.
 

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Contents

Editorial Introduction 21 LAND
23
LongTerm Population Change 25 John F Richards
179
Population 41 12 Soils
203
Technological Change 55 13 Sediment Transfer and Siltation
215
The Increasing Separation of Production and 14 Use and Transformation of Terrestrial Water
235
Urbanization 103 15 Water Quality and Flows
253
Changing 121
271
Climate
344
TROPICAL FRONTIERS
485
Borneo and the Malay Peninsula
509
393
578
455
631
Editorial Introduction
655
Environmental Transformations
673
Karl Butzer
703
605
710

Editorial Introduction
469
LONGTERM PERSPECTIVE
477

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