Hong Kong Landscapes: Shaping the Barren Rock (Google eBook)

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Hong Kong University Press, Oct 1, 2007 - Science - 264 pages
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Hong Kong has a largely mountainous terrain, very little flat land, no major rivers, no great forests, and a paucity of mineral wealth. The relative poverty of the place led the British Foreign Secretary to remark, in 1841, that Hong Kong was a "barren rock with hardly a house upon it". Prior to that date, the rugged landscape of Hong Kong had evolved, with little human interference, over about 400 million years. Subsequently, large influxes of people and their farming, building, reclamation, and economic activities have markedly transformed that original landscape. This book explains, in simple terms and with numerous photographs and figures, the origins of these varied landscapes, examining the contributions of different rocks, geological structures, and modern processes, as well as the profound impact of people.
  

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Contents

An Environmental History
7
Landscape Types and Origins
13
Escarpments and Cuestas
18
The Roots of Volcanoes
21
Fractured Rocks and Rivers
33
Cliffs Beaches and Mud Flats
41
The Northwestern New Territories
48
The Northeastern New Territories
67
The Southeastern New Territories
119
The Eastern New Territories
131
Lantau Island
149
Kowloon and the Lion Rock Ridge
175
Hong Kong Island and Lamina
189
Seas and Islands
207
Landscapes Past Present and Future
230
Index
242

The Western New Territories
84
The Central New Territories
101

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