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Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications, 3rd Edition Paperback – December 15, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0471242079 ISBN-10: 0471242071 Edition: 3rd
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"Marsh (U. of British Columbia and emeritus U. of Michigan) presents the 25th anniversary edition of his textbook and guide explaining how to deal reasonably with the land in the face of expanding land use and changing technology. Most readers will be in the early stages of their career, he suggests, and he hopes to establish some basic principles they can adapt and apply for a long time." (Book News Inc, November 2010) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"There is a predictable sameness creeping over the face of the North American landscape. Since the early 1970s, highways, shopping centers, residential subdivisions, and most other forms of development have taken on a remarkable similarity from coast to coast…We know that this facade of development masks an inherently diverse landscape…rooted in the varied physiographic and ecological character of the continent and this in turn reflects differences in the way the terrestrial environment functions. Does it not seem reasonable then that development and land use should also reflect these differences if they are to be responsive to the environment?" This authoritative text provides comprehensive coverage on the key methods and techniques involved in environmental planning. The third edition is extensively updated and revised to incorporate the rapid expansions taking place in this field. By focusing on landscape processes, systems, forms, and analysis, Marsh’s book has received much praise and is an excellent complement to Ian McHarg’s Design With Nature (Wiley, 1995).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (December 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471242071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471242079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By davidpio@students.uiuc.edu on December 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was a great tool for the beginning landscape architect. Many great tools for land planning including equations and tables and charts to determine various things like water runoff, erosion, sun exposure, and much more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Safranek on December 16, 2004
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This may be one of the best introductions to environmental planning for geography students interested in the application of physical geographic techniques. When inquiring minds ask how a Geography major like myself ended up doing septic plan review as a county Environmental Health Specialist I simply point to Marsh's chapter on waste disposal and describe the necessary physical parameters familiar to physical geographers (soil types and percolation rates, groundwater levels, slopes and topography, surface water, geohazards, mapping, etc). There is something for everybody in this book and you don't have to be a geography major to benefit. A very practical text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Buchner on May 7, 2009
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I'd recommend this book especially to any Earth/Environmental Science Majors. I actually just read this entire book cramming for an Environmental Planning exam (I was originally just going to skim some chapters). I wish I'd been reading it all along! There's a lot of cross-over with a Geology class I'm taking too.

Chapter 3 is one of the best explanations of the form/function(process) relationship in terms of the environment that I've ever read. I also found Chapter 9 very insightful concerning drainage basins. The diagrams and pictures are incredible. There is just enough technical scientific detail in the book to get a really good understanding of processes without overloading you with too many complicated equations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2003
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I am a student in environmental planning and have found this book to be extremely useful. It address a variey of things such as watershed, storm discharge, streamflow, etc. It really gives the reader an idea of how to design with nature.
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By T on January 9, 2013
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It's really unfortunate that people use book reviews to complain about order processing, inappropriately skewing weighted average reviews, in this case of a truly excellent book. Hopefully amazon will remove these gremlins.

I used the second edition of this book 20 years ago as an architecture grad student taking a landscape architecture class, primarily about landscape ecology. I don't think it's a stretch to say it was revelatory and enlightening. It gave me valuable understanding I'd lacked of landscape and landscape processes. I hadn't realized how ignorant I was about these things, things which I'd be (and have been) impacting as an architect and planner. As a hiker/backpacker and kayaker it also laid a foundation for greater understanding and appreciation of the natural places I've visited.

Perhaps most importantly, it gave me a better understanding of fragile ecosystems, of wetlands and their functioning, and better knowledge of other matters important in land use and minimizing its negative environmental impacts. I've recently been reviewing the book again and reading the few chapters we omitted in class 20 years ago. It's easily one of the best texts I've ever used, and useful for students and professionals in numerous disciplines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Ballew on March 29, 2007
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Clearly explained wetland designations and issues. Good in preparation for the LARE exams part B.
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