Global Environmental Change

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Longman, 1997 - Nature - 387 pages
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Now in its second edition. This text has been extensively revised and rewritten to reflect the growth in environmental research during the last decade. Human-induced environmental change is occurring at such a rapid rate that, inevitably, the fundamental processes involved in biogeochemical cycling are being altered.
Global Environmental Change considers alterations to the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and other elements as a result of industrial/technological development and agriculture, which have significantly altered the natural environment. The book adopts a temporal and spatial approach to environmental change, beginning with the natural environmental change of the Quaternery period and continuing with the culturally-induced change since the inception of agriculture 10,000 years ago.

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Contents

Preface
Quaternary geology and climatic change
12
Environmental change in the late and postglacial periods
42
lateglacial period
53
Prehistoric communities as agents of environmental
78
Environmental change in the historic period
129
Environmental change due to post1700 industrialisation
162
The environmental impact of agriculture in the developed
205
The environmental impact of agriculture in the developing
239
Further reading
265
Conclusion and prospect
304
References
323
Index
375
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