The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean

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Jamie Woodward
OUP Oxford, May 7, 2009 - Science - 704 pages
This volume explores the climates, landscapes, ecosystems and hazards that comprise the Mediterranean world. It traces the development of the Mediterranean landscape over very long timescales and examines modern processes and key environmental issues in a wide range of settings. The Mediterranean is the only region on Earth where three continents meet and this interaction has produced a very distinctive Physical Geography. This book examines the landscapes and processes at the margins of these continents and the distinctive marine environment between them. Catastrophic earthquakes, explosive volcanic eruptions and devastating storms and floods are intimately bound up within the history and mythology of the Mediterranean world. This is a key region for the study of natural hazards because it offers unrivalled access to long records of hazard occurrence and impact through documentary, archaeological and geological archives. The Mediterranean is also a biodiversity hotspot; it has been a meeting place for plants, animals and humans from three continents throughout much of its history. The Quaternary records of these interactions are more varied and better preserved than in any other part of the world. These records have provided important new insights into the tempo of climate, landscape and ecosystem change in the Mediterranean region and beyond. The region is unique because of the very early and widespread impact of humans in landscape and ecosystem change - and the richness of the archaeological and geological archives that chronicle this impact. This book examines this history and these interactions and places current environmental issues in long term context. Contributors : Ramadan Husain Abu-Zied Harriet Allen Jacques Blondel Maria-Carmen Llasat James Casford Marc Castellnou Andrew Goudie Andrew Harding Angela Hayes Tom Holt Babette Hoogakker Philip Hughes Jos Lelieveld John Lewin Francisco Lloret Francisco Lopez-Bermudez Mark Macklin Jean Margat Anne Mather Frédéric Médail Christophe Morhange Clive Oppenheimer Jean Palutikof Gerassimos Papadopoulos Josep Piñol David Pyle Jane Reed Neil Roberts Eelco Rohling Iain Stewart Stathis Stiros John Thornes Chronis Tzedakis John Wainwright

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13Coastal Geomorphology and SeaLevel Change
14Aeolian Processes and Landforms
Editorial Introduction
18Storms and Floods

5The Nature and Origin of the Vertebrate Fauna
II Process and Change in Specific Environments
Editorial Introduction
6Weathering Soils and Slope Processes
7Vegetation and Ecosystem Dynamics
8Hydrology River Regimes and Sediment Yield
9Lakes Wetlands and Holocene Environmental Change
10Karst Geomorphology and Environmental Change
11River Systems and Environmental Change
12Glacial and Periglacial Environments
IVEnvironmental Issues in the 21st Century
Editorial Introduction
20Land Degradation
21Water Resources
22Air Pollution and Climate
23Biodiversity and Conservation

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Jamie Woodward is Professor of Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. He has worked on the geomorphology and Quaternary history of the Mediterranean region for over two decades. He is especially interested in fluvial, glacial and karst sediment systems. A good deal of this research takes place in collaboration with archaeologists and Jamie is interested in human-environment interactions across a range of timescales. He is the Co-Editor of Geoarchaeology: An International Journal and he is the Quaternary Science and Geomorphology Editor for the Journal of the Geological Society of London.

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