9781118712573

The Holocene An Environmental History

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    9781118712573

  • ISBN10:

    1118712579

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-02-03
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

The Holocene provides students, researchers and lay-readers with the remarkable story of how the natural world has been transformed since the end of the last Ice Age around 15,000 years ago.  This period has witnessed a shift from environmental changes determined by natural forces to those dominated by human actions, including those of climate and greenhouse gases. Understanding the environmental changes - both natural and anthropogenic - that have occurred during the Holocene is of crucial importance if we are to achieve a sustainable environmental future.

Revised and updated to take full account of the most recent advances, the third edition of this classic text includes substantial material on the scientific methods that are used to reconstruct and date past environments, as well as new concepts such as the Anthropocene. The book is fully-illustrated, global in coverage, and contains case studies, a glossary and more than 500 new references.

Additional resources for this book can be found at: www.wiley.com\go\Roberts\Holocene.

Author Biography

Neil Roberts is Professor of Geography at Plymouth University in the UK and has been Visiting Senior Researcher at Stanford University, CA. His main research interests are in Holocene environmental change, especially lake sediment records of climate and human impact in Mediterranean regions. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and served on the US National Academies Committee on climate changes of the last 2,000 Years.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of Technical Boxes

Preface to the Third Edition

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION

Chapter 2 RECONSTRUCTING HOLOCENE ENVIRONMENTS

Chapter 3 THE PLEISTOCENE PRELUDE (>11,700 Cal. yr BP)

Chapter 4 EARLY HOLOCENE ADAPTATIONS (11,700-6000 Cal. yr BP)

Chapter 5 THE FIRST FARMERS

Chapter 6 THE TAMING OF NATURE (6000-1000 Cal. yr BP)

Chapter 7 THE IMPACT OF MODERN TIMES (1000-0 Cal. yr BP)

Chapter 8 THE ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE: A HOLOCENE PERSPECTIVE

Appendix: Radiocarbon calibration table

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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