The Physical Geography of Africa

Paperback | January 1, 1999

EditorW. M. Adams, A. S. Goudie, A. R. Orme

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An international team of distinguished scholars have each contributed a chapter to produce an advanced, full length, physical geography of Africa. The first part provides an overview of both pan-Africa patterns in the physical environment and those attributes of African physical geography thatare distinctive by considering the development of the main features through time. The authors also provide a synoptic review of Francophone and Anglophone literature on the subject, discuss the present state of knowledge, and set out the work and methods that have created it. This part is followedby a group of chapters that integrate such topics as geomorphology, biogeography, environmental change and hydrology within each of the major biomes - forest, savannah, desert, coast, wetland, mountain, Mediterranean and Rift Valley - found in the African continent. Finally there is a section inwhich various authors look at topical issues concerned with the impact of human activity on the environment. Conservation and development are considered in the light of issues such as soil erosion, desertification, and biodiversity and biodepletion. The authors have produced this integrated physical geography in honour of A.T. Grove as a durable reference work which gives a new perspective on the continent of Africa.

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An international team of distinguished scholars have each contributed a chapter to produce an advanced, full length, physical geography of Africa. The first part provides an overview of both pan-Africa patterns in the physical environment and those attributes of African physical geography thatare distinctive by considering the developm...

W. M. Adams is at University of Cambridge. A. S. Goudie is at University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198234066

ISBN - 13:9780198234067

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Table of Contents

1 c Tectonics, Geology, and Long-Term Landscape Development. M. A. Summerfield: 2. C. Nyamweru: The African Rift System3. A. S. Goudie: Climate: Past and Present4. S. Nicholson: Environmental Change within the Historical Period5. M. Hulme: Climate Change within the Period of Meteorological Records6. D. E. Walling: Hydrology and Rivers7. W. M. Adams: Lakes8. O. Areola: Soils9. A. S. Goudie: The Geomorphology of the Seasonal Tropics10. M. E. Meadows: Biogeography11. A. Grainger: Forest Environments12. M. E. Adams: Savanna Environments13. N. Lancaster: Desert Environments14. A. Orme: Coastal Environments15. F. M. R. Hughes: Wetlands16. D. Taylor: Mountains17. H. Allen: Mediterranean Environments18. M. Stocking: Soil Erosion19. A. Warren: Desertification20. N. Myers: Biodiversity and Biodepletion21. W. M. Adams: Conservation and DevelopmentIndex

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`The text is very well produced and illustrated with black and white photographs that are sharply defined, and maps and diagrams that are generally clear and comprehensible ... undoubtedly an important compilation of current information and thinking about the physical environment of Africa ...it is essential reading for all those with an interest in the African environment ... It is a book that all students with an interest in Africa should have the opportunity to read.'David Robinson, The Geographical Journal, Volume 163, Part 1, March 1997