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The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

Howard G. Wilshire, Jane E. Nielson, Richard W. Hazlett. The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery Authors:Howard G. Wilshire, Jane E. Nielson, Richard W. Hazlett.
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Year:2008
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Pages:640
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Price:4377 rub.
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The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries, immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil bonanzas. It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources. The importance of this story is that preserving lands has a central role for protecting air and water quality, and water supplies--and all support a healthy living environment. The idea that all life on earth is connected in a great chain of being, and that all life is connected to the physical earth in many obvious and subtle ways, is not some new-age fad, it is scientifically demonstrable. An understanding of earth processes, and the significance of their biological connections, is critical in...

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