Mountain Geography

Physical and Human Dimensions

Author: Martin F. Price

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520254317

Category: Science

Page: 378

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Mountain Geography is a comprehensive resource that gives readers an in-depth understanding of the geographical processes that occur in the world's mountains and the impact of these regions on culture and society. The volume begins with an introduction that defines mountains, followed by a comprehensive treatment of their physical geography, including origins, climatology, snow and ice, landforms and geomorphic processes, soils, vegetation, and wildlife. The concluding chapters discuss the human geography of mountains and our attitudes toward them, populations in the mountain regions and their livelihoods and interactions within dynamic environments, the diversity of mountain agriculture, and the challenges of sustainable mountain development. -- Book Jacket.

Mountain Geography - A Critique And Field Study

Author: Roderick. Peattie

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473387787

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 9541

This book is a personal field study and a review of the present knowledge of mountains. Chapters include: Mountain Temperatures, Humidity and Precipitation, Winds, Clouds, and Sun, Vegetation Zones and the Height Limits of Fields, Forests and Their Significance, Alp Pastures and Alp Economy, Land Utilization and Economics, Mountain Populations and Their Distribution, Matters Political, and The character of Mountain Life. A must for the bookshelf of anyone interested in the Geography, including the geology, morphology, climate, plant ecology and human responses and economies of mountains.

Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Author: Gary L. Gaile,Cort J. Willmott

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199295869

Category: Reference

Page: 820

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Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century surveys American geographers' current research in their specialty areas and tracks trends and innovations in the many subfields of geography. As such, it is both a 'state of the discipline' assessment and a topical reference. It includes an introduction by the editors and 47 chapters, each on a specific specialty. The authors of each chapter were chosen by their specialty group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Based on a process of review and revision, the chapters in this volume have become truly representative of the recent scholarship of American geographers. While it focuses on work since 1990, it additionally includes related prior work and work by non-American geographers. The initial Geography in America was published in 1989 and has become a benchmark reference of American geographical research during the 1980s. This latest volume is completely new and features a preface written by the eminent geographer, Gilbert White.

Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology

Author: Michael Bishop,John F. Shroder

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540426400

Category: Science

Page: 486

View: 1963

From the reviews: "Bishop and Schroder (both, Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha) have brought together an impressive group of practitioners in the relatively new application of geographic information science to mountain geomorphology. In doing so, they have produced valuable, first, overall coverage of a high-tech approach to mountain, three-dimensional research. More than 40 contributing authors discuss a wide range of related aspects.... The book is well bound and well produced; each chapter provides an extensive source of references. The numerous line drawings are clearly reproduced, although the mediocre quality of photographic reproduction limits the value of air photographs and satellite images. As is characteristic of many edited collections, there is some variation in chapter quality. Some of the writing is so dense that it requires minute concentration--one chapter, for instance, has 14 pages of references from a total of 43 pages. Nevertheless, this is a vital compendium for a rapidly expanding field of research. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (J. D. Ives, Choice, March 2005)

Fire on the Mountain

Geography, Geology & Theophany at Jabal al-Lawz

Author: N.A

Publisher: GeoTech

ISBN: 0692699856


Page: 147

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Geographical, archaeological, and geological findings at Jabal al-Maqla in the Jabal al-Lawz range related to to the claim that it was Mount Sinai.

Mountain Environments

Author: Romola Parish

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317875540

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 8553

This book breaks the ground in Geographical texts by transcending a strictly regional or topical focus. It presents the opportunities and constraints that mountains and their resources offer to local and global populations; the impacts of environmental and economic change, development and globalisation on mountain environments. Part of the Ecogeography series edited by Richard Hugget

Mountain World in Danger

Climate change in the forests and mountains of Europe

Author: Sten Nilsson,David Pitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134041187

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

View: 5900

The changing climate, the warming of the world and acid rain are among the greatest problems facing us at the end of the twentieth century. This book describes, for the first time, the effects of these phenomena on the high mountains and the forests of Europe. Mountains and the frozen regions (the cryosphere) not only play a major part in our climatic system, but are also central to our water supplies. Yet our glaciers are shrinking, our lakes and soils are becoming acidified, our forests are damaged and the whole fragile ecosystem of ranges like the Alps and the Caucasus is threatened. Nilsson and Pitt present the evidence and assess the probable effects of these changes on mountain society, tourism, water, flora and fauna. They also examine the uncertainties. Above all they look, too, at the best possible strategies in response to What is happening and at what the next steps should be. Originally published in 1991

Mountain Environments and Communities

Author: Don Funnell,Romola Parish

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134677359

Category: Science

Page: 432

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Mountain Environments and Communities explains the background physical environment and then explores the environmental and social dimensions of mountain regions. This critical review of the concepts currently employed in mountain research, draws upon a wide range of examples from developed and developing countries. The dynamics of mountain life are described through both historical accounts of village-based systems and examples of the contemporary impact of global capital and sustainable development strategies.

A Hundred Years of Geography

Author: T. W. Freeman

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412844727

Category: Science

Page: 334

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Far from dissolving, this effort demonstates the ongoing vitality of geography as a profession. In a world increasingly sensitive to the problems of people and resources, geography has constantly provided the basic information for its sister sciences, economics, political science, sociology and demography, This book turns, attention to geography itself, in an incisive survey of the development of the discipline as a science. A Hundred Years of Geography draws together the threads of a century of progress, from the first scientific explorations and mappings to present-day trends toward specialization and generalization. It contains a synoptic view of the development of the various aspects of geography, showing how the field has been differentiated from associated disciplines and how it has differentiated and specialized within itself. The book also offers two important reference tools: a bibliography of the important geographical works published throughout the world, and biographical sketches of ninety important geographers. It is informative, stimulating, urbane and civilized reading, as well as being an excellent introductory text and reference work to recent scholarship in the field of geography. Thomas Walter Freeman was educated at Leeds University and has been Reader in Economic Geography at Manchester University. He is the author of many articles and books, including Ireland, Geography and Planning, and The Conurbations of Great Britain.

Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains

An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America

Author: Timothy Silver

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807863149

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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Each year, thousands of tourists visit Mount Mitchell, the most prominent feature of North Carolina's Black Mountain range and the highest peak in the eastern United States. From Native Americans and early explorers to land speculators and conservationists, people have long been drawn to this rugged region. Timothy Silver explores the long and complicated history of the Black Mountains, drawing on both the historical record and his experience as a backpacker and fly fisherman. He chronicles the geological and environmental forces that created this intriguing landscape, then traces its history of environmental change and human intervention from the days of Indian-European contact to today. Among the many tales Silver recounts is that of Elisha Mitchell, the renowned geologist and University of North Carolina professor for whom Mount Mitchell is named, who fell to his death there in 1857. But nature's stories--of forest fires, chestnut blight, competition among plants and animals, insect invasions, and, most recently, airborne toxins and acid rain--are also part of Silver's narrative, making it the first history of the Appalachians in which the natural world gets equal time with human history. It is only by understanding the dynamic between these two forces, Silver says, that we can begin to protect the Black Mountains for future generations.

Mountain Environments

An Examination of the Physical Geography of Mountains

Author: John Gerrard

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262071284

Category: Science

Page: 317

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Using examples chosen from a variety of geographical settings and scales, A. J. Gerrard presents a novel approach to the study of mountain environments. He provides a framework in which mountains as special environments can be studied and shows how, no matter what their location or origin all mountain regions share common characteristics and undergo similar shaping processes. Gerrard's integrated approach combines ecological, climatological, hydrological, volcanic, and environmental management concerns in a systematic treatment of mountain geomorphology. He begins by examining the special nature of mountains, including a new classification of mountain types. He discusses mountain ecosystems, stressing the interaction between biota, soil, climate, relief, and geology, examines the high-energy systems of weathering and mass movement, and analyzes the role of rivers and hydrology and the processes of slope evolution. Two chapters are devoted to the particular characteristics of glaciation and vulcanism in mountain formation. The book concludes with a discussion of the special problems that human use of mountain regions create, including engineering, natural hazards, soil erosion, and the concept of integrated development.

Mountain Ranges

Geography and Nature

Author: iMinds

Publisher: iMinds Pty Ltd

ISBN: 1921761563

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 2

View: 3469

A mountain is defined as any hill that reaches 600 metres or more. Mountains come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some have sharp, pointed edges; others slope more gently. The terrain of a mountain is made up of peaks, valleys, escarpments and plateaus. And the collective name for a group of mountains is a mountain range. Two of the most famous mountain ranges in the world are America's Sierra Nevada and Africa's Atlas mountains. But there are bigger mountain ranges. In some places, there are whole chains of them. These are given the name cordillera.

Mountain Timberlines

Ecology, Patchiness, and Dynamics

Author: Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402097050

Category: Science

Page: 438

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For more than 40 years I have been engaged in timberline research. Thus, one could suppose that writing this book should not have been too difficult. It was harder, however, than expected, and in the end I felt that more questions had arisen than could be answered within its pages. Perhaps it would have been easier to write the book 30 years ago and then leave the subject to mature. Lastly it was the late Prof. Heinz Ellenberg who had convinced me to portray a much needed and complete picture of what we know of the timberline with special respect to its great physiognomic, structural and ecological variety. The first version of this book was p- lished in the German language (Holtmeier, 2000). Nevertheless, I was very delighted when Prof. Martin Beniston encouraged me to prepare an English edition for the series ‘Advances in Global Change Research’, which guaranteed a wider circulation. Timberline is a worldwide and very heterogeneous phenomenon, which can only be presented by way of examples. My own field experience is necessarily limited to certain timberline areas, such as the Alps, northern Scandinavia, northern Finland and many high mountain ranges in the western United States and Canada. However, my own observations and the results of my and my previous collaborators research were essential for developing the concept of the book and became integrated into the picture of timberline that is presented in the following chapters.

Religion and Public Life in the Mountain West

Sacred Landscapes in Transition

Author: Mark Silk,Jan Shipps

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759115591

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Huge mountain ranges and vast uninhabited areas characterize the Mountain West. The region is home to several dense urban centers, but there is enough space between cities for three very distinct religious cultures to develop. Arizona and New Mexico's religious public life is still dominated by the Catholic church which was in place three centuries before these areas became U.S. states. Mormons came to Utah and Idaho in the 19th century to set up their own church-state and only later were admitted to the Union. Religious minorities from Native Americans to 'mainstream' Protestants must contend with these religious establishments. In the third subregion of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana no one religious body dominates and many inhabitants claim no religious affiliation at all. Religion and Public Life in the Mountain West explores these three distinct religious regions but then goes on to see how they work together and what they have in common.

The Physical Geography of Wisconsin

Author: Lawrence Martin

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299034757

Category: Science

Page: 608

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The immensely varied topography of Wisconsin provides examples of nearly every important physiographic process and topographic form. In the Driftless Area to the southwest, wind and water have weathered and carved away the countryside; along the Mississippi and other rivers are found most of the essential features of stream erosion and deposition; in the north and east glaciers have ground away the hills and left their mark on the plains and swamps. The Physical Geography of Wisconsin, reprinted from the second edition, 1932, of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin No. XXXVI (1916), offers a clear explanation of these and many other physiographical processes to the student and amateur geographer alike. The topography of the state is discussed in detail and, where necessary, related to its human geography; and the author has carefully explained and indexed all unfamiliar terms. The book is well supplied with maps, charts, and illustrations, and will be an excellent supplementary reader or guide in field trips for geography courses at all levels.

Geography and geographers' work in Nepal

reflections on mountain environment and human activities

Author: Nepal Geographical Society,Tribhuvana Viśvavidyālaya. Central Dept. of Geography,NCCR North-South (Program)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Science

Page: 175

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Papers presented at the National Conference on Geography in Nepal : Mountain Environment and Human Activities, held at Pokhara, during 4-5 January 2004.

Globalization and Marginalization in Mountain Regions

Assets and Challenges in Marginal Regions

Author: Raghubir Chand,Walter Leimgruber

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331932649X

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This book looks at the global importance of mountain systems, emphasizing their ecological and socio-economic role in light of climate change and globalization. With a special focus on the Himalayas, it also examines the Czech–German–Austrian mountain borderland, the Alps, the Andes, the highland regions of Malaysia, and the Arctic. The contributors, specialists in their fields, all use an integrative approach that develops and argues the concept of mountain regions as a global common good. Readers also discover that mountain systems and mountain communities are often marginalized and left behind by the process of globalization. Case studies throughout detail the effects of climate change and global warming on both nature and local/regional societies, such as declining water supplies, a shifting vegetation line, and other important issues facing not only mountains but also the vast regions depending on them. In addition, the comprehensive coverage offers authenticated viewpoints from some of the most eminent explorers of Tibet in the nineteenth century. More than 50 percent of the global human population draws benefits directly or indirectly from mountain resources and services. This book provides practitioners, researchers, students, and other interested readers with a compelling look at the global importance of this imposing, yet sensitive ecosystem.

Roan Mountain

A Passage of Time

Author: Jennifer Bauer,Jennifer Bauer Laughlin

Publisher: The Overmountain Press

ISBN: 9781570721472

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 6370

From Andre Michaux, John Muir, and other early explorers, to General John T. Wilder and the developers, from the Roan’s inexplicable “balds” to the lush forests of its “Canadian zone,” here is the story of one of the best-loved places in the Southern Appalachians. This new edition contains over 30 historical photographs not previously published. New chapters added to the book tell of intriguing new biological discoveries, notable historical visitors, and the findings of the author’s research conducted since the first edition was published in 1991.

Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions

Southeastern Europe

Author: Georgi Zhelezov

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400701311

Category: Science

Page: 291

View: 8951

The mountain regions in Southeastern Europe are unique natural regions of great beauty and ecological value, and home of the head waters of major rivers. They constitute a major ecological, economic, cultural, recreational and living environment in Europe, shared by numerous cultures and countries. The Southeastern European Mountain Regions are an important reservoir for biodiversity and habitats in Europe. A great number of protected areas – national parks, nature parks, reserves and nature monuments are located in these regions. From a socio-economic point of view the mountain regions are among the poorest areas in the Southeastern European countries, but they have potential for the implementation of successful economic activities. There are opportunities for development of these regions and, in particular, for trans-border integration and co-operation. This book brings together research results from experts from all Balkan countries working on the problems of the mountain regions in Southeastern Europe. The volume focuses on the challenges taking place along the rapid transformation in land use, biodiversity, tourism, nature risk and bio-productivity due to the global changes and particularly due to the local impacts of climate change. The key questions for discussion are: - Biodiversity, nature protection and conservation - Natural disasters and risk management - Social-economical development of the mountain regions - Spatial planning in the development of the mountain regions - Sustainable practices and politics for land use - Transborder co-operation.