An Imperfect Balance: Landscape Transformations in the by David L. Lentz

By David L. Lentz

We regularly envision the recent global sooner than the coming of the Europeans as a land of pristine normal attractiveness and undisturbed environments. even if, David Lentz deals another view by means of detailing the effect of local cultures on those ecosystems sooner than their touch with Europeans. Drawing on a variety of specialists from the fields of paleoclimatology, historic ecology, paleontology, botany, geology, conservation technological know-how, and source administration, this publication unlocks the key of the way the Western Hemisphere's indigenous population motivated and reworked their typical environment.

A infrequent blend of collaborators uncovers the alterations that happened in North the United States, Mexico, relevant the United States, the Andes, and Amazonia. every one element of the publication has been comprehensively prepared in order that a botanical description of the typical plants of the zone is coupled with a suite of case reports outlining neighborhood human impacts. From differences of crops, to adjustments in soil, natural world, microclimate, hydrology, and the land floor itself, this assortment addresses one of many nice problems with our time: the human amendment of the earth.

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1995). p. (Bradbury et al. 1981; Binford 1982; Leyden 1985). p. have also been inferred from palynological evidence from the Bahamas (Kjellmark 1996). Although there is considerable variability in the timing and magnitude of increased aridity in the circum-Caribbean during the late Holocene, pollen and geochemical evidence indicate that the late Holocene was drier than the early-to-mid Holocene. The paleoclimatic record from Lake Chichancanab suggests that the drying trend that began at ca. p. p.

Various recently published precontact estimates include: 43 million by Whitmore (1991 : 483), 40 million by Lord and Burke (1991), 40 to 50 million by Cowley (1991), 72 million by Thornton (1990), 44 million by Crawford (1998 : 39), and 43 to 65 million by Denevan (1992a : xxix). 2. Results shown in the table reveal a considerable variability and reflect an ongoing debate that no doubt will continue into the next century and beyond. For the purposes of this discussion, we can see that although the exact number is unknowable, there is general agreement that Precolumbian populations were significant in portions of the hemisphere, especially in Mesoamerica and the altiplano and intermontane valleys of the Andes.

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