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The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future Paperback – September 12, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1405127042 ISBN-10: 140512704X Edition: 6th

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 6 edition (September 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140512704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405127042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The new edition of this student text provides an up-to-dateand comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing theworld today and serves as an introduction to the past, present, andfuture impact of humans on Earth. Specifically, it explores theimpact of humans on vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms,and the atmosphere. Four completely new chapters explore how globalclimate change may impact Earth in the future.”
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"The book is filled with new information and intriguing examplesthat Goudie has selected to illustrate in each of hiswell-organised chapters."
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“This is a splendid compendium of what we know andunderstand about environmental problems. The author is to becongratulated on a work that is suitable as a textbook or asupplementary reader for courses at all university levels.”Quarterly Review of Biology


“A well-illustrated textbook, it is a brilliantly conciseexamination of just how much we are changing the world around us. Aclassic. Geography at its best.” New Scientist

“For all those who are interested in how humans have andare changing the face of the Earth, The Human Impact hasbecome something of a classic text ... Indeed, as a classic, it hasan important part to play in colouring our perception of humans'relationship with the natural environment ... altogether readable,stimulating and instructive ... it is an essential textbook for allwho are interested in human impacts on the environment.”Scottish Geographical Journal

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The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth. Following the successful structure of previous editions, the new edition of The Human Impact has been extensively enlarged and updated, with many new figures and up-to-date statistics. Four completely new chapters explore the ways in which global climate change may have an impact on Earth in the future. Other chapters explore the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere. A new design makes the text even more accessible and easy to use. This important book is essential reading for undergraduates in geography or environmental science, and anyone requiring a thorough overview of the impact of humans upon natural processes and systems.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GarryRogers on March 6, 2013
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Human impacts are often subtle and complex. They easily escape our notice as they make small cumulative changes in the environment. Only by intensive analysis of the chemistry and spatiotemporal dynamics of particles, forces, and flows can some impacts be detected. But as human population and land use have grown, so has the visibility of the impacts.
In this book, British geographer Andrew Goudie gives well-illustrated discussions of many types of human impacts. Throughout, he points out the complexity of the impacts and uncertainties about their causes. With examples drawn from hundreds of studies, Professor Goudie summarizes a broad array of previous research.
Following an introduction to the development of human attitudes toward nature, the book covers vegetation, animals, soil, water, geomorphology, and climate. It ends with a chapter on the current view of human impacts.
When The Human Impact was first published in 1981, one reviewer, Paul Ward English, said, "this is an unusually fine book." I agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EBARB on March 4, 2013
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Well-written! Definitely an awesome, if a little dry, textbook. This is great for college students in any human/environmental interaction classes/studies/fields.
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This book has much information in a wide variety of issues. It is a textbook I will be keeping after class for my personal library.
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