The Physical Geography of South America

Hardcover | April 12, 2007

EditorThomas T. Veblen, Kenneth R. Young, Antony R. Orme

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The Physical Geography of South America, the eighth volume in the Oxford Regional Environments series, presents an enduring statement on the physical and biogeographic conditions of this remarkable continent and their relationships to human activity. It fills a void in recent environmentalliterature by assembling a team of specialists from within and beyond South America in order to provide an integrated, cross-disciplinary body of knowledge about this mostly tropical continent, together with its high mountains and temperate southern cone. The authors systematically cover the maincomponents of the South American environment - tectonism, climate, glaciation, natural landscape changes, rivers, vegetation, animals, and soils. The book then presents more specific treatments of regions with special attributes from the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the Atacama Desertand Patagonian steppe, and from the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific coasts to the high Andes. Additionally, the continents environments are given a human face by evaluating the roles played by people over time, from pre-European and European colonial impacts to the effects of modern agriculture andurbanization, and from interactions with El Nino events to prognoses for the future environments of the continent.

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The Physical Geography of South America, the eighth volume in the Oxford Regional Environments series, presents an enduring statement on the physical and biogeographic conditions of this remarkable continent and their relationships to human activity. It fills a void in recent environmentalliterature by assembling a team of specialists ...

Thomas Veblen is a Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kenneth Young is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas in Austin. Antony Orme is a Professor of Geography at UCLA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 11.1 × 1.18 inPublished:April 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Systematic Framework1. Antony R. Orme: The Tectonic Framework of South America2. Antony R. Orme: Tectonism, Climate, and Landscape Change3. Rene D. Garreaud and Patricio Aceituno: Atmospheric Circulation and Climatic Variability4. Geoffrey O. Seltzer: Late Quaternary Glaciation of the Tropical Andes5. Thomas Dunne and Leal Anne Kerry Mertes: Rivers6. Kenneth R. Young, Paul E. Berry, and Thomas T. Veblen: Flora and Vegetation 7. Stanley Buol: Soils8. Peter Meserve: ZoogeographyII Regional Environments9. Peter Furley: Tropical Forests of the Lowlands10. P.E. Rundel, P.E. Villagra, M.O. Dillon, S. Roig-Junent, and G. Debandi: Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems11. Juan J. Armesto, Mary T.K. Arroyo, and Luis F. Hinojosa: The Mediterranean Environment of Central Chile12. Kenneth R. Young and Blanca Leon, Peter M. Jorgensen, and Carmen Ulloa Ulloa: Tropical and Subtropical Landscapes of the Andes13. Thomas T. Veblen: Temperate Forests of the Southern Andean Region14. Jose Maria Paruelo, Esteban G. Jobbagy, Martin Oesterheld, Rodolfo A. Golluscio, and Martin R. Aguiar: Grasslands and Steppes of Patagonia and the Rio de la Plata Plains15. Jose Araya-Vergara: Ocean Coasts and Continental ShelvesIII Nature in the Human Context16. William M. Denevan: Pre-European Human Impacts on Tropical Lowland Environments17. Gregory Knapp: The Legacy of European Colonialism18. Carol P. Harden and Glenn G. Hyman: Agriculture and Soil Erosion19. Cesar Caviedes: Impacts of El Nino-Southern Oscillation on Natural and Human Systems20. Jorgelina Hardoy and David Satterthwaite: Environmental Impacts of Urbanism21. Thomas T. Veblen, Kenneth R. Young, and Antony R. Orme: Future Environments of South AmericaIndex