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North America's Natural Wonders - Appalachians, Colorado Rockies, Austin-Big Bend Country, Sierra Madre (Hardcover): Gary... North America's Natural Wonders - Appalachians, Colorado Rockies, Austin-Big Bend Country, Sierra Madre (Hardcover)
Gary Prost
R4,829 Discovery Miles 48 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Written by a career geologist with decades of experience in the field, North America's Natural Wonders guides readers through the most iconic, geologically significant scenery in North America, points out features of interest, explains what they are seeing, and describes how these features came to be. Presented as classic excursions to some of the best-known natural wonders on the continent, Volume II focuses primarily on Central and Eastern North America, including the Appalachians, the Colorado Rockies, Austin-Big Bend Country, and the Sierra Madre. The trips detailed in this volume include stops at quintessential features, such as the Shenandoah Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend National Park, and La Popa Basin of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, Mexico, as well as many others. It also features discussions of lesser-known but equally interesting geologic formations and important information on accessing these sites. Features Clearly explains the geology of these regions with an emphasis on landscape formation Addresses issues of interest, such as fossils, earthquakes, mineral sites, mining, and oil fields Lavishly illustrated with numerous colorful maps and breathtaking geological landscapes and their various features These six self-guided tours explain to the curious layman, student, and geologist what they are seeing when they look at a roadcut or a quarry and enhances the experience far beyond simple sightseeing.

Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia (Hardcover): Paolo Billi Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia (Hardcover)
Paolo Billi
R4,030 R2,487 Discovery Miles 24 870 Save R1,543 (38%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book provides a succinct but comprehensive presentation of key geomorphological locations and topics including information about geomorphological heritage and maps to visit the most important sites. Apart from often being remarkably scenic, landscapes reveal stories that often can be traced back in time tens of million years and include unique events. This is particularly true for Ethiopia where spectacular examples of different landforms are present. Its geomorphology varies from highlands, marked by high volcanoes and incised by deep river gorges, to the rift valley lakes endorheic systems and the below sea level lowlands with characteristic landscapes which are unique in the world. Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia highlights all these topics including essential information about geology and tectonic framework, past and present climate, hydrology, geographical regions and long-term geomorphological history. It is a highly informative book, providing insight for readers with an interest in geography and geomorphology.

Biogeology - Evolution in a Changing Landscape (Hardcover): Bernard Michaux Biogeology - Evolution in a Changing Landscape (Hardcover)
Bernard Michaux
R7,303 Discovery Miles 73 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This detailed exposition gives background and context to how modern biogeography has got to where it is now. For biogeographers and other researchers interested in biodiversity and the evolution of life on islands, Biogeology: Evolution in a Changing Landscape provides an overview of a large swathe of the globe encompassing Wallacea and the western Pacific. The book contains the full text of the original article explored in each chapter, presented as it appeared on publication. Key features: Holistic treatment, collecting together a series of important biogeographical papers into a single volume Authored by an expert who has spent nearly three decades actively involved in biogeography Describes and interprets a region of exceptional biodiversity and extreme endemism The only book to provide an integrated treatment of Wallacea, Melanesia, New Zealand, the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica Offers a critique of fashionable neo-dispersalist arguments, showing how these still suffer from the same weaknesses of the original Darwinian formulation. The chapters also include analysis of many major theoretical and philosophical issues of modern biogeographic theory, so that those interested in a more philosophical approach will find the book stimulating and thought-provoking.

Smart Metropolitan Regional Development - Economic and Spatial Design Strategies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): T. M. Vinod Kumar Smart Metropolitan Regional Development - Economic and Spatial Design Strategies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
T. M. Vinod Kumar
R4,361 Discovery Miles 43 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book discusses the concept and practice of a smart metropolitan region, and how smart cities promote healthy economic and spatial development. It highlights how smart metropolitan regional development can energize, reorganize and transform the legacy economy into a smart economy; how it can help embrace Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and how it can foster a shared economy. In addition, it outlines how the five pillars of the third industrial revolution can be achieved by smart communities. In addition, the book draws on 16 in-depth city case studies from ten countries to explore the state of the art regarding the smart economy in smart cities - and to apply the lessons learned to shape smart metropolitan economic and spatial development.

Principles of Geographical Information Systems (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Peter A. Burrough, Rachael A. McDonnell,... Principles of Geographical Information Systems (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Peter A. Burrough, Rachael A. McDonnell, Christopher D. Lloyd
R1,214 Discovery Miles 12 140 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Geographical data are used in so many aspects of our lives today, ranging from disaster relief operations through to finding directions on our mobile phones. We can all be data collectors, adding locational information as we capture digitally our day-to-day experiences. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are the software tools that facilitate this, turning the raw data into useful information that can help us understand our worlds better. Principles of Geographical Information Systems presents a thorough overview of the subject, exploring both the theoretical basis of GIS, and their use in practice. It explains how data on the world are converted into digital form and the analytical capabilities used to bring understanding to a range of areas of interest and issues. Spatial data are usually based on two, dichotomous paradigms: exactly defined entities in space, such as land parcels and urban structures, or the continuous variation of single attributes, such as temperature or rainfall. The adoption of one or the other influences how the geographical data are structured in the GIS and the types of analysis possible. A further area of focus in the book concerns the problems of data quality and how statistical errors in spatial data can affect the results of spatial modelling based on the two paradigms of space. Fuzzy logic and continuous classification methods are presented as methods for linking the two spatial paradigms. The book concludes with an overview of current developments and trends in providing spatial data to an ever-expanding global community of users. Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre to accompany Principles of Geographical Information Systems features: For students: * Datasets with instructions of how to repeat analyses presented in the book using widely-used software For registered adopters of the book: * Figures from the book, available for download

Mapping the Oceans - Discovering the World Beneath Our Seas (Hardcover): Carolyn Fry Mapping the Oceans - Discovering the World Beneath Our Seas (Hardcover)
Carolyn Fry 1
R441 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Geospatial Challenges in the 21st Century (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Kostis Koutsopoulos, Rafael De Miguel Gonzalez, Karl Donert Geospatial Challenges in the 21st Century (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Kostis Koutsopoulos, Rafael De Miguel Gonzalez, Karl Donert
R4,176 Discovery Miles 41 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book focuses on 21st century geospatial technologies (GT). It highlights their broad range of capabilities and their essential role in effectively addressing and resolving critical everyday issues, such as environment, sustainability, climate change, urban planning, economy, culture and geopolitics. Featuring chapters written by leading international scientists, it discusses the application of GT tools and demonstrates that the problems requiring such tools transcend national boundaries, cultures, political systems and scientific backgrounds on a global scale. In addition, it enhances readers' spatial understanding of, and geographical reasoning in connection with, societal issues. The book will appeal to scientists, teachers and students of geography, the earth sciences and related areas, as well as decision-makers interested in the application and capabilities of geospatial technologies and new, spatial methods for addressing important issues.

The New Map of Empire - How Britain Imagined America before Independence (Hardcover): S. Max Edelson The New Map of Empire - How Britain Imagined America before Independence (Hardcover)
S. Max Edelson
R856 R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Save R59 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

After the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years' War in 1763, British America stretched from Hudson Bay to the Florida Keys, from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and across new islands in the West Indies. To better rule these vast dominions, Britain set out to map its new territories with unprecedented rigor and precision. Max Edelson's The New Map of Empire pictures the contested geography of the British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and consequences of Britain's imperial ambitions in the generation before the American Revolution. Under orders from King George III to reform the colonies, the Board of Trade dispatched surveyors to map far-flung frontiers, chart coastlines in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, sound Florida's rivers, parcel tropical islands into plantation tracts, and mark boundaries with indigenous nations across the continental interior. Scaled to military standards of resolution, the maps they produced sought to capture the essential attributes of colonial spaces-their natural capacities for agriculture, navigation, and commerce-and give British officials the knowledge they needed to take command over colonization from across the Atlantic. Britain's vision of imperial control threatened to displace colonists as meaningful agents of empire and diminished what they viewed as their greatest historical accomplishment: settling the New World. As London's mapmakers published these images of order in breathtaking American atlases, Continental and British forces were already engaged in a violent contest over who would control the real spaces they represented. Accompanying Edelson's innovative spatial history of British America are online visualizations of more than 250 original maps, plans, and charts.

Studying Geography at University - How to Succeed in the First Year of Your New Degree (Paperback): Simon Tate, Peter Hopkins Studying Geography at University - How to Succeed in the First Year of Your New Degree (Paperback)
Simon Tate, Peter Hopkins
R886 Discovery Miles 8 860 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Written by leading academics, this book is an invaluable 'how to ...' guide to studying for a Geography degree. Written in a practical and conversational style, it offers important insights into how to succeed in the first year of your degree course, covering everything from how to succeed in assessments to how to decide where to live. Some of the information the book provides is academic and some of it is non-academic, as negotiating both is important in order to be successful in the first year of a Geography degree. Studying Geography at University is ideal for those in the early stages of applying to university. Each chapter offers hints and tips and gives practical real-world insights into becoming a successful geography student that will enrich applications, open days and visit days. It is also possible to dip into the chapter summaries, 'What Do Students Say?' and 'Top Tip' boxes only. Written by current students, from a range of institutions, these provide unique insights into the book's key points. Current students should also keep and refer to the book as an invaluable guide through the first few months of their degree. This guide is a must-read for anyone starting their studies in Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Science or any other related subject at university.

Tropical Marine Mollusks - An Illustrated Biogeographical Guide (Hardcover): Edward J. Petuch, David P. Berschauer Tropical Marine Mollusks - An Illustrated Biogeographical Guide (Hardcover)
Edward J. Petuch, David P. Berschauer
R3,859 Discovery Miles 38 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Marine biogeography, the study of the spatial distribution of organisms in the world's oceans, is one of the most fascinating branches of oceanography. This book continues the pioneering research into the distributions of molluscan faunas, first studied by biologists over 160 years ago. It illustrates 1778 species of gastropods in full color, many of which are extremely rare and poorly known endemic species that are illustrated for the first time outside of their original descriptions. The spatial arrangements of malacofaunas shown in this book can be considered proxies for worldwide oceanic conditions and used as tools for determining patterns of global climate change. The book's documentation of evolutionary "hot spots" and geographically restricted endemic faunas can also be used as a base line for future studies on patterns of environmental deterioration and extinction in the marine biosphere. Documenting the evolution of the amazingly rich worldwide gastropod fauna, this book will appeal to physical and chemical oceanographers, systematic and evolutionary biologists, historical geologists, paleontologists, climatologists, geomorphologists, and physical geographers. The authors incorporate aspects of all of these disciplines into a new classification system for the nomenclature of biogeographical spatial units found in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate seas.

Transport Policy Problems at National and International Level - A Contribution by the Transport Workers' Unions... Transport Policy Problems at National and International Level - A Contribution by the Transport Workers' Unions (Hardcover)
International Transport Worker's Federation
R2,064 Discovery Miles 20 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Published in 1959, this book presents a study of transport problems including those of the coordination of inland transport, and special problems of coordination in areas of urban transport, civil aviation, sea ports and arising problems in the course of the economic integration of Europe.

The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN - The State and Regional Integration (Paperback): Imelda Deinla The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN - The State and Regional Integration (Paperback)
Imelda Deinla
R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An interdisciplinary work that comparatively studies rule of law practices and the relationship between the rule of law and regional integration, a topic largely explored in European integration. By looking at the function of the rule of law in ASEAN rather than what it 'means' measured on normative conception, the book situates the rule of law in broader institutional and political processes in the member states and in regional relations to show the motivations of member states in adopting a peculiar type of regional architecture. It asks whether forging the rule of law in the region can help build it internally for member states. The book revisits discourses on the 'spill-over' of economic integration, the impact of globalization in reshaping the state and generating new tools of the rule of law. It makes a comprehensive comparison - the European Union, Africa Union and MERCOSUR - showing the uneven pathways to rule of law in various contexts.

Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (Hardcover, 2013): Pedro Basabe Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards (Hardcover, 2013)
Pedro Basabe; Edited by Peter T. Bobrowsky; Adapted by Tom Beer, Norm Catto, Viacheslav Gusiakov, …
R7,906 Discovery Miles 79 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Few subjects have caught the attention of the entire world as much as those dealing with natural hazards. The first decade of this new millennium provides a litany of tragic examples of various hazards that turned into disasters affecting millions of individuals around the globe. The human losses (some 225,000 people) associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the economic costs (approximately 200 billion USD) of the 2011 Tohoku Japan earthquake, tsunami and reactor event, and the collective social impacts of human tragedies experienced during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 all provide repetitive reminders that we humans are temporary guests occupying a very active and angry planet. Any examples may have been cited here to stress the point that natural events on Earth may, and often do, lead to disasters and catastrophes when humans place themselves into situations of high risk.

Few subjects share the true interdisciplinary dependency that characterizes the field of natural hazards. From geology and geophysics to engineering and emergency response to social psychology and economics, the study of natural hazards draws input from an impressive suite of unique and previously independent specializations. Natural hazards provide a common platform to reduce disciplinary boundaries and facilitate a beneficial synergy in the provision of timely and useful information and action on this critical subject matter.

As social norms change regarding the concept of acceptable risk and human migration leads to an explosion in the number of megacities, coastal over-crowding and unmanaged habitation in precarious environments such as mountainous slopes, the vulnerability of people and their susceptibility to natural hazards increases dramatically. Coupled with the concerns of changing climates, escalating recovery costs, a growing divergence between more developed and less developed countries, the subject of natural hazards remains on the forefront of issues that affect all people, nations, and environments all the time.

This treatise provides a compendium of critical, timely and very detailed information and essential facts regarding the basic attributes of natural hazards and concomitant disasters. The "Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards" effectively captures and integrates contributions from an international portfolio of almost 300 specialists whose range of expertise addresses over 330 topics pertinent to the field of natural hazards. Disciplinary barriers are overcome in this comprehensive treatment of the subject matter. Clear illustrations and numerous color images enhance the primary aim to communicate and educate. The inclusion of a series of unique classic case study events interspersed throughout the volume provides tangible examples linking concepts, issues, outcomes and solutions. These case studies illustrate different but notable recent, historic and prehistoric events that have shaped the world as we now know it. They provide excellent focal points linking the remaining terms in the volume to the primary field of study. This "Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards" will remain a standard reference of choice for many years.

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Car Park Life - A Portrait of Britain's Unexplored Urban Wilderness (Paperback): Gareth E. Rees Car Park Life - A Portrait of Britain's Unexplored Urban Wilderness (Paperback)
Gareth E. Rees 1
R260 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Car parks: commonplace urban landscapes, little-explored and rarely featured in art and music, yet they shape the aesthetics of our towns and cities. Hotspots for crime, rage and sexual deviancy; a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed. Skateboarding, car stunts, drug dealing, dogging, murder. Gareth E. Rees believes that the retail car park has as much mystery, magic and terror as any mountain, meadow or wood. He's out to prove it by walking the car parks of Britain, journeying across the country from Plymouth to Edinburgh, much to the horror of his family, friends - and, most of all - himself. He finds Sir Francis Drake outside B&Q, standing stones in a retail park, and a dead body beside Sainsbury's. In this darkly satirical work of non-fiction, Gareth E. Rees presents a troubling vision of Brexit Britain through a common space we know far less about than we think.

21st Century Challenges Facing Cultural Landscapes (Paperback): Juliet Ramsay, Ken Taylor 21st Century Challenges Facing Cultural Landscapes (Paperback)
Juliet Ramsay, Ken Taylor
R1,031 Discovery Miles 10 310 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Through stories of diverse landscapes from around the world, this book captures human cultures and their land use practices in the environments they inhabit. The chapters cover topics from heritage in the 21st Century, appreciating and safeguarding values while facing challenges wrought by change. This title will lead readers through fascinating stories of landscapes and people. We learn of the physical and spiritual structure of rice terraces of the Honghe Mountains in China maintained by following a 1300 year sustainable practice of water allocation, while the colonial tea plantations of the Sri Lankan highlands are managed by Indian Tamils who now seek tourism as a means of additional income. Sustainable agricultural methods in the USA are being introduced to prevent landscape loss while in Australia a challenge confronting family farms is progressing to rural industrialisation. Challenges are further outlined in the mythical story of Finland's Saint Henrik pilgrimage and in the intangible Ui-won gardens of Korea. The huge challenge for Japan's landscapes is the legacy from fierce natural 21st Century disasters while in Australia's Dampier Archipelago, an avoidable yet brutal development on a unique Aboriginal rock sculptured landscape highlights serious concerns about heritage governance. These remarkable stories of landscapes and their management are inseparable from the communities that inhabit them. This book was originally published as a special issue of Landscape Research.

The Nile Basin - Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Prehistoric Environments (Hardcover): Martin Williams The Nile Basin - Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Prehistoric Environments (Hardcover)
Martin Williams
R2,609 Discovery Miles 26 090 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Nile Basin contains a record of human activities spanning the last million years. However, the interactions between prehistoric humans and environmental changes in this area are complex and often poorly understood. This comprehensive book explains in clear, non-technical terms how prehistoric environments can be reconstructed, with examples drawn from every part of the Nile Basin. Adopting a source-to-sink approach, the book integrates events in the Nile headwaters with the record from marine sediment cores in the Nile Delta and offshore. It provides a detailed record of past environmental changes throughout the Nile Basin and concludes with a review of the causes and consequences of plant and animal domestication in this region and of the various prehistoric migrations out of Africa into Eurasia and beyond. A comprehensive overview, this book is ideal for researchers in geomorphology, climatology and archaeology.

The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN - The State and Regional Integration (Hardcover): Imelda Deinla The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN - The State and Regional Integration (Hardcover)
Imelda Deinla
R2,223 Discovery Miles 22 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An interdisciplinary work that comparatively studies rule of law practices and the relationship between the rule of law and regional integration, a topic largely explored in European integration. By looking at the function of the rule of law in ASEAN rather than what it 'means' measured on normative conception, the book situates the rule of law in broader institutional and political processes in the member states and in regional relations to show the motivations of member states in adopting a peculiar type of regional architecture. It asks whether forging the rule of law in the region can help build it internally for member states. The book revisits discourses on the 'spill-over' of economic integration, the impact of globalization in reshaping the state and generating new tools of the rule of law. It makes a comprehensive comparison - the European Union, Africa Union and MERCOSUR - showing the uneven pathways to rule of law in various contexts.

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Ian Douglas, P M L Anderson, David Goode, Michael C.... The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Ian Douglas, P M L Anderson, David Goode, Michael C. Houck, David Maddox, …
R4,800 Discovery Miles 48 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This second edition covers recent developments around the world with contributors from 33 different countries. It widens the handbook's scope by including ecological design; consideration of cultural dimensions of the use and conservation of urban nature; the roles of government and civil society; and the continuing issues of equity and fairness in access to urban greenspaces. New features include an emphasis on the biophilic design of homes and workplaces, demonstrating the value of nature, in order to counter the still prevalent attitude among many developers that nature is a constraint rather than a value. The volume explores great practical achievements that have occurred since the first edition, with many governments increasingly recognizing and legislating on urban nature and green infrastructure matters, since cities play a major role in adapting to change, particularly to climate crisis. New topics such as the ecological role of light at night and human microbiota in the urban ecosystem are introduced. Additional attention is given to food production in cities, particularly the multiple roles of urban agriculture and household gardens in different contexts from wealthy communities to the poorest informal settlements in deprived communities. The emphasis is on demonstrating what can be achieved, and what is already being done. The book aims to help scholars and graduate students by providing an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current urban ecological thinking across the range of disciplines, such as geography, ecology, environmental science/studies, planning, and urban studies, that converge in the study of towns and cities and urban design and living. It will also assist practitioners and civil society members in discovering the ways diff erent specialists and thinkers approach urban nature.

Russia's Far North - The Contested Energy Frontier (Hardcover): Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Shinichiro Tabata, Daria Gritsenko,... Russia's Far North - The Contested Energy Frontier (Hardcover)
Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Shinichiro Tabata, Daria Gritsenko, Masanori Goto
R3,312 Discovery Miles 33 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Russian Far North is immensely rich in resources, both energy and other resources, and is also one of the least developed regions of Russia. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the region. It examines resource issues and the related environmental problems, considers the Arctic and the problems of sea routes, maritime boundaries and military build-up, assesses economic development, and considers the ethnic peoples of the region and also cultural and artistic subjects. Overall, the book provides a rich appraisal of how the region is likely to develop in future.

Rifts and Passive Margins - Structural Architecture, Thermal Regimes, and Petroleum Systems (Paperback): Michal Nemcok Rifts and Passive Margins - Structural Architecture, Thermal Regimes, and Petroleum Systems (Paperback)
Michal Nemcok
R1,719 Discovery Miles 17 190 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Rifts and passive margins are extremely important for the petroleum industry, as they are areas of high sedimentation and can contain significant oil and gas resources. This book provides a comprehensive understanding of rifts and passive margins as a whole. It synthesises in one volume the existing information devoted to specific aspects of these vitally important hydrocarbon habitats. This collection of state-of-the-art information on the topic facilitates the better use of this knowledge to assess the risks of exploring and operating in these settings and the development of systematic and predictive hydrocarbon screening tools. The book will be invaluable for a broad range of readers, from advanced geology students and researchers to exploration geoscientists to exploration managers exploring for and developing hydrocarbon resources in analogous settings.

Sahara - The Great Desert (Paperback): E. F. Gautier Sahara - The Great Desert (Paperback)
E. F. Gautier
R806 Discovery Miles 8 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book was originally published in 1935. The Sahara, or as it is otherwise known, the Great Desert, is probably the most outstanding desert on the surface of the earth - not only because of its exceptional aridity, but by reason of its tremendous size as well. This book examines the Sahara, including chapters on the structural formation, the climate, the geological past, and the different regions of the Sahara.

Tropical Bioproductivity - Origins and Distribution in a Globalized World (Paperback): David Hammond Tropical Bioproductivity - Origins and Distribution in a Globalized World (Paperback)
David Hammond
R1,004 Discovery Miles 10 040 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book investigates the fundamental role that tropical bioproductivity - or more specifically net primary productivity - has played in shaping the global geographies of food, finance, governance and people. The book examines the basic astronomical and thermal properties of our planet to illustrate the dynamic nature of the tropics and how the region resides at the very heart of global energetics, driving the environmental flows that shape planetary climate and bioproductivity. The author explores how the region's relatively small, but hyper-productive, land area provided the groundswell for the economic, social, political and demographic changes that fuelled empires, European colonialism and nation-building. Also covered are discussions on how the critical intake of capital needed to fuel the industrial and technological revolutions driving modern globalization was first expropriated from the tropics by harnessing the region's natural productivity and biological crop diversity and then transforming it into tradeable commodities using the inhabitants' labour and knowledge. With modern tropical nations accounting for the bulk of people living in poverty and registering some of the highest income disparities, the author presents cross-cutting evidence showing that their histories and the persistence of expropriating institutions have fostered anocratic tendencies, poor governance, unorthodox financial flows and mass migration. Tropical Bioproductivity cuts across vast geographies, topics and histories to deliver a readable narrative that links people, places and events with the environmental mechanics of our planet. It will be of interest to students and researchers in the areas of environmental studies, economics, history, agriculture, anthropology and geography.

Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management - Challenges for Sustainable Development (Paperback): Bruce Prideaux Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management - Challenges for Sustainable Development (Paperback)
Bruce Prideaux
R1,144 Discovery Miles 11 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Globally rainforests are under threat on numerous fronts, including clearing for agriculture, harvesting for timber and urban expansion. Yet they have a crucial role in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and providing other ecosystem services. As the term is used in this book, rainforests include both temperate and tropical, although the emphasis is on tropical rainforests. Rainforests are also attractive tourist spaces and where they have been used as a tourism resource have generated significant income for local communities. However not all use of rainforests as a tourism resource has been sustainable. This book argues that sustainability must be the foundation on which tourism use of this complex but ultimately fragile ecosystem must be built upon. It provides a multi-disciplinary perspective, incorporating rainforest science, management and tourism issues. The book is organized into four sections commencing with Rainforest Ecology and Management followed by People and Rainforests, Opportunities for Rainforest Tourism Development and finally Threats to Rainforests. Each major rainforest region is covered, including the Amazon, Central America, Africa, Australia and south-east Asia, in the context of a specific issue. For example rainforests in Papua New Guinea are examined in the context of community-based ecotourism development, while the rainforests in Borneo are discussed in an examination of wildlife issues. Other issues covered in this manner include governance, empowerment issues for rainforest peoples and climate change.

Transport Policy Problems at National and International Level - A Contribution by the Transport Workers' Unions... Transport Policy Problems at National and International Level - A Contribution by the Transport Workers' Unions (Paperback)
International Transport Worker's Federation
R795 Discovery Miles 7 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Published in 1959, this book presents a study of transport problems including those of the coordination of inland transport, and special problems of coordination in areas of urban transport, civil aviation, sea ports and arising problems in the course of the economic integration of Europe.

Urban Growth and Environmental Issues in India (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): Alpana Kateja, Rashmi Jain Urban Growth and Environmental Issues in India (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
Alpana Kateja, Rashmi Jain
R2,636 Discovery Miles 26 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines the interplay between urban growth and the environmental issues in India. The contributors, who are coming from diverse disciplines, examine socioeconomic, administrative, and environmental threats emanating from urbanization (e.g. climate change, health governance, energy issues, pollution, and e-waste management) and suggest various measures for dealing with the challenges of rapid urbanization. Offering a valuable resource for all those interested in understanding the multifaceted dimensions of urban growth, the book appeals to researchers, students, and policymakers, interested in the development studies and urban studies.

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