The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia by Avijit GuptaThe Physical Geography of Southeast Asia by Avijit Gupta

The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia

EditorAvijit Gupta

Hardcover | March 7, 2005

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The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia examines the complex mosaic of physical environments which comprise Southeast Asia, and the current environmental problems and management practices which have arisen in this part of the world. The book is in three sections. The first section introducesthe basic environmental components (geology, landforms, rivers, vegetation, and others) across the entire region. The second section discusses specific environments that are characteristic of this assemblage of continental and maritime landscapes (volcanic islands, coastal environment, graniticterrains, karst, etc.). The third and final section illustrates the ecological relationship between the environment and people (volcanic hazards, urban environment, coastal zone development, coral reefs, and others).The physical environment of Southeast Asia is examined at different levels, covering a world region that ranges from ancient, stable landmasses to dynamic, unstable plate boundaries, from aged, primary rainforests to brash, vibrant, resource-demanding built environments. Southeast Asia has beenperceived as a laboratory for studying plate tectonics. It is an assemblage of large river basins, peninsulas and archipelagos, and seas surrounded by islands. It is an area of great physical variations where parts of the physical environment have been significantly degraded anthropogenically,following rapid population growth and development. In large parts of the region, the forms and processes on land and offshore should no longer be seen as entirely natural. As this book repeatedly illustrates, plate tectonics and people are both important contributors to the physical geography ofSoutheast Asia. The contributors to this volume are distinguished, scholarly, and have a long association with Southeast Asia. The chapters are not only skilfully built on state-of-the-art research findings but also include new material from the on-going research activities of the authors. The book goes beyondbeing the first comprehensive and detailed volume of the biophysical geography of Southeast Asia in that it also deals with the tropical environment and the relationship between environment and people in a rapidly developing world region.
Avijit Gupta is a Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
Title:The Physical Geography of Southeast AsiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.13 inPublished:March 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199248028

ISBN - 13:9780199248025

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Table of Contents

Avijit Gupta: IntroductionI. The Physical Framework1. Chales S. Hutchison: The Geological Framework2. Geoffrey Hope: The Quaternary in Southeast Asia3. Avijit Gupta: Landforms of Southeast Asia4. Avijit Gupta: Rivers of Southeast Asia5. Goh Kim Chuan: The Climate of Southeast Asia6. Rudi Dudal: Soils of Southeast Asia7. Richard T. Corlett: VegetationII. Specific Environments8. C.R. Twidale: Granite Terrains9. Herman Th. Verstappen: Volcanic Islands10. David Gillieson: Karst in Southeast Asia11. P.P. Wong: The Coastal Environment of Southeast Asia12. Ian Douglas: The Mekong River Basin13. Colin D. Woodroffe: Southeast Asian DeltasIII. Environment and People14. Avijit Gupta: Accelerated Erosion and Sedimentation in Southeast Asia15. Jan J. Nossin: Volcanic Hazards in Southeast Asia16. Jean-Claude Thouret and Franck Lavigne: Hazards and Risks at Gunung Merapi, Central Java: A Case Study17. Goh Kim Chuan: Hydrology and Rural Water Supply in Southeast Asia18. Ian Douglas: The Urban Environment in Southeast Asia19. Avijit Gupta nd Goh Kim Chuan: Water Supply to Cities20. Ian Douglas: Urban Geomorphology, Kuala Lumpur21. Prinya Nutalaya and Noppadol Phienwej: Subsidence and Flooding in Bangkok22. Shami Sani: Urban Pollution in Southeast Asia23. P.P. Wong: Coastal Zone Development in Southeast Asia24. M.D. Spalding: Coral Reefs of Southeast Asia: Controls, Patterns, and Human Impacts

Editorial Reviews

"Clearly, as research continues into the geophysical forces that govern the region, various lacunae remain to be filled. This book tells us where we need to look and points the way to some of the most important research frontiers facing us in the coming decade."--Annals of the Association of American Geographers