The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean

Hardcover | December 5, 2009

EditorJamie Woodward

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This volume explores the climates, landscapes, ecosystems and hazards that comprise the Mediterranean world. It traces the development of the Mediterranean landscape over very long timescales and examines modern processes and key environmental issues in a wide range of settings. TheMediterranean is the only region on Earth where three continents meet and this interaction has produced a very distinctive Physical Geography. This book examines the landscapes and processes at the margins of these continents and the distinctive marine environment between them. Catastrophicearthquakes, explosive volcanic eruptions and devastating storms and floods are intimately bound up within the history and mythology of the Mediterranean world. This is a key region for the study of natural hazards because it offers unrivalled access to long records of hazard occurrence and impactthrough documentary, archaeological and geological archives. The Mediterranean is also a biodiversity hotspot; it has been a meeting place for plants, animals and humans from three continents throughout much of its history. The Quaternary records of these interactions are more varied and betterpreserved than in any other part of the world. These records have provided important new insights into the tempo of climate, landscape and ecosystem change in the Mediterranean region and beyond. The region is unique because of the very early and widespread impact of humans in landscape andecosystem change - and the richness of the archaeological and geological archives that chronicle this impact. This book examines this history and these interactions and places current environmental issues in long term context.

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This volume explores the climates, landscapes, ecosystems and hazards that comprise the Mediterranean world. It traces the development of the Mediterranean landscape over very long timescales and examines modern processes and key environmental issues in a wide range of settings. TheMediterranean is the only region on Earth where three ...

Jamie Woodward is Professor of Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. He has worked on the geomorphology and Quaternary history of the Mediterranean region for over two decades. He is especially interested in fluvial, glacial and karst sediment systems. A good deal of this research takes place in collaboration with archae...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:December 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199268037

ISBN - 13:9780199268030

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PART 1: THE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK1. Anne Mather: Tectonic setting and landscape development2. Eelco Rohling, Ramadan Abu-Zied, James Casford, Angela Hayes and Babette Hoogakker: The marine environment: present and past3. Andrew Harding, Jean Palutikof, and Tom Holt: The climate system4. Chronis Tzedakis: Cenozoic climate and vegetation change5. Jacques Blondel: The nature and origin of the vertebrate faunaPART 2: GEOMORPHOLOGY, BIOGEOGRAPHY AND ECOSYSTEMS6. John Wainwright: Weathering, soils and slope processes7. Harriet Allen: Vegetation and ecosystem dynamics8. John Thornes, Francisco Lopez-Bermudez and Jamie Woodward: Hydrology, river regimes and sediment yield9. Neil Roberts and Jane Reed: Lakes, wetlands and Holocene environmental change10. John Lewin and Jamie Woodward: Karst geomorphology11. Mark Macklin and Jamie Woodward: River systems and environmental change12. Philip Hughes, Jamie Woodward and Philip Gibbard: Glacial and periglacial environments13. Iain Stewart and Christophe Morhange: Coastal geomorphology and sea-level change14. Andrew Goudie: Aeolian processes and landformsPART 3: NATURAL HAZARDS15. Clive Oppenheimer and David Pyle: Volcanoes16. Stathis Stiros: Earthquakes17. Gerassimos Papadopoulos: Tsunamis18. Maria-Carmen Llasat: Storms and floods19. Francisco Lloret, Josep Pinol and Marc Castellnou: WildfiresPART 4: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY20. John Thornes: Land degradation21. Jean Margat: Water resources22. Jos Lelieveld: Air pollution and climate23. Jacques Blondel and Frederic Medail: Biodiversity and conservation