The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future

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Wiley, Mar 12, 2009 - Science - 376 pages
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The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth.

  • Explores the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere.
  • Updated extensively, with many new figures and up-to-date statistics.
  • Four completely new chapters explore the ways in which global climate change may have an impact on Earth in the future.
  • A new design makes the text even more accessible and easy to use.

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Human impacts are often subtle and complex. They easily escape our notice as they make small cumulative changes in the environment. Only by intensive analysis of the chemistry and spatiotemporal dynamics of particles, forces, and flows can some impacts be detected. But as human population and land use have grown, so has the visibility of the impacts.
In this book, British geographer Andrew Goudie gives well-illustrated discussions of many types of human impacts. Throughout, he points out the complexity of the impacts and uncertainties about their causes. With examples drawn from hundreds of studies, Professor Goudie summarizes a broad array of previous research.
Following an introduction to the development of human attitudes toward nature, the book covers vegetation, animals, soil, water, geomorphology, and climate. It ends with a chapter on the current view of human impacts.
When The Human Impact was first published in 1981, one reviewer, Paul Ward English, said, "this is an unusually fine book." I agree.

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good book very informative and helpful with geography lessons on the norfolk broads.

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About the author (2009)

Andrew Goudie is Master of St Cross College, Oxford, President of the International Association of Geomorphologists, and a Professor of Geography in the University of Oxford.

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