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The Holocene: An Environmental Historyby Neil Roberts
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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.
The Holocene refers to the period since the end of the last Ice Age some 12000 years ago. Understanding the climatic and other environmental changes (both natural and anthropogenic) that have occurred over this period is of crucial importance to society. We cannot hope to manage future environmental change without learning the lessons of the past.
In its first and second editions, The Holocene provided undergraduates with a much-needed coherent scientific account of the great transformation of nature that had taken place during the Holocene, the last 10,000 years in the history of the planet and the period in which we are all now living. This period has included major shifts in climate and human culture, and in the natural environment at every level.
About the Author
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
List of Technical Boxes
Preface to the Third Edition
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
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