The Physical Geography of Western Europe

The Physical Geography of Western Europe

The Physical Geography of Western Europe

The Physical Geography of Western Europe

Synopsis

A distinguished team of Western European scholars has written an advanced, full-length physical geography designed to be a state-of -the-art evaluation of the physical environment of Western Europe, being both retrospective and prospective in its perception of environmental change. The unique natural and regional environments of Western Europe are discussed, as well as the physical geographic framework of the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact and responses of human society on the physical environment of the region which is characterized by a very high population density. As an enhanced reference work it will be of enduring value.

Excerpt

The Physical Geography of Western Europe is the sixth in a series of advanced books that is being published by Oxford University Press under the rubric of Oxford Regional Environments.

The aim of the series is to provide a durable statement of physical conditions on each of the continents, or major regions within those continents. Each volume includes a discussion of the systematic framework of the region (for instance, tectonism, climate, biogeography), followed by an evaluation of dominant environments (such as mountains, forests, and deserts) and their linkages, and concludes with a consideration of the main environmental issues related to the human use and misuse of the land (such as resource exploitation, agricultural and urban impacts, pollution, and nature conservation). While books in the series are framed within an agreed context, individual books seek to emphasize the distinctive qualities of each region. We hope that this approach will provide a coherent and informative basis for physical geography and related sciences, and that each volume will be an important and useful reference source for those concerned with understanding the varied environments of the continents.

Andrew Goudie, University of Oxford Antony Orme, University of California, Los Angeles . . .

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