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Rocky Mountain Futures - An Ecological Perspective (Hardcover, Second and Revi) Loot Price: R1,129
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Rocky Mountain Futures - An Ecological Perspective (Hardcover, Second and Revi): Jill Baron

Rocky Mountain Futures - An Ecological Perspective (Hardcover, Second and Revi)

Jill Baron; Foreword by Paul R. Ehrlich

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The Rocky Mountain West is largely arid and steep, with ecological scars from past human use visible for hundreds of years. Just how damaging were the past 150 years of activity? How do current rates of disturbance compare with past mining, grazing, and water diversion activities? In the face of constant change, what constitutes a "natural" ecosystem? And can ahigh quality of life be achieved for both human and natural communities inthis region?

Rocky Mountain Futures presents a comprehensive and wide-ranging examination of the ecological consequences of past, current, and future human activities in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and Canada. The book brings together 32 leading ecologists, geographers, and other scientists and researchers to present an objective assessment of thecumulative effects of human activity on the region's ecological health andto consider changes wrought by past human use. This combined view of past and present reveals where Rocky Mountain ecosystems are heading, and the authors project what the future holds based upon current economic and social trends and the patterns that emerge from them. The book: examines the biogeographic and paleoenvironmental setting and, historical climate that have shaped Rocky Mountain ecosystems, traces the direct human influences on landscapes and ecosystems over the past 150 years, explores the cumulative effects of past, present, and projected future human activities on tundra, subalpine and montane forests, valleys, grasslands, and waters, offers case studies that illustrate specific examples of human fluence and current eff orts to restore the environment

Case studies focus on northern New Mexico; Summit County, Colorado; Flathead Valley, Montana; and Alberta, Canada. Among the contributors are Craig D. Allen, N. Thompson Hobbs, Linda L. Joyce, Robert E. Keane, David Schindler, Timothy R. Seastedt, David Theobald, Diana Tomback, William Travis, Cathy Whitlock, and Jack Stanford.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2002 as the International Year of Mountains to increase international awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems. The case-based multidisciplinary approach of this book constitutes an important new model for understanding the implicationsof land-use practices and economic activity on mountains, and will serve avital role in improving decisionmaking both in the Rocky Mountains and in other parts of the world that face similar challenges.

General

Imprint: Island Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2002
First published: September 2002
Editors: Jill Baron
Foreword by: Paul R. Ehrlich
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Edition: Second and Revi
ISBN-13: 978-1-55963-953-8
Categories: Books > Earth & environment > The environment
Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Applied ecology
Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Management of land & natural resources
Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Social impact of environmental issues
Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Applied ecology > General
Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Social impact of environmental issues > General
LSN: 1-55963-953-9
Barcode: 9781559639538

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