The Nature of Mediterranean Europe - an ecological history

By: Grove, A.T. & Rackham, Oliver

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Well illustrated, small quarto, pp 384, very clean internally, black cloth showing only slight signs of wear with slight bumping to the corners, still a very good copy in a very slightly worn dustwrapper. EXTREMELY SCARCE. A heavy book - extra postage may be required. [Mediterranean Europe - southern Portugal and Spain, France, Italy, the Balkans, Greece, and the Mediterranean islands - is often interpreted as a "Lost Eden," once verdant and fertile, then progressively degraded and desertified by human mismanagement and the ignorance and folly of successive civilizations. In this engaging book, two distinguished scholars challenge this pessimistic view. A. T. Grove and Oliver Rackham trace the evolution of climate and vegetation in southern Europe from prehistoric times to the present. They point out that since the climate has usually been unstable there, plant cover has had to accommodate to its extremes and has therefore become resilient under different patterns of human activity. They show that deluges, a major factor in promoting erosion and shaping valley floors and deltas, were more frequent during times of advancing glaciers than they are now. They assess the nature and functioning of agricultural terraces, the Mediterranean savanna, and karsts, badlands, and other desert-like landscapes. Finally, they point to the real threats to Mediterranean landscapes in the recent past and the immediate future: not only coastal development, but also bulldozing, excessive irrigation, and the consequences of depopulation in the interior.]

Title: The Nature of Mediterranean Europe - an ecological history

Author Name: Grove, A.T. & Rackham, Oliver

Categories: Ecology, Floras, Natural History, Botany, Landscape,

Publisher: New Haven, Yale University Press: 2001

ISBN Number: 0300084439

ISBN Number 13: 9780300084436

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 008282

Keywords: natural history.landscape.ecology.botany.floras.