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The Human Impact on the Natural Environment Paperback – 3 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 5th Edition edition (3 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631199780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631199786
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,171,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a splendid compendium of what we know and understand about environmental problems. The author is to be congratulated on a work that is suitable as a textbook or a supplementary reader for courses at all university levels." Quarterly Review of Biology (of a previous edition) <!––end––>

"Stimulating reading for geographers and all those interested in this vital aspect of human knowledge, and these are many people in a wide range of disciplines." Progress in Physical Geography (of a previous edition)

"A source of information to students at all levels, and for researchers a powerful inspiration for new research topics." Stanley W. Trimble, UCLA (of a previous edition)

"A well–illustrated textbook, it is a brilliantly concise examinations of just how much we are changing the world around us. A classic. Geography at its best." New Scientist (of a previous edition)

"In its 5th edition it keeps abreast with the exciting, impressive and often daunting issues around the human impact on our environment...It also represents a very good source of up to date visual teaching material in the form of maps, diagrams and tables, which can provides a good foundation for course material...As this book is becoming something of a classic, it has a significant role to play in changing the way in which we perceive our relationship with the natural environment." Frank Eckardt, University of Botswana

"This book, now in its fifth edition, is as fresh as when it first appeared two decades ago, but now much more robust. While it is first and foremost a textbook, it is also a stimulating review of the field... Sometimes friends and colleagues ask us just what is it that geographers do. You could do far worse than just handing them this book." Progress in Human Geography

"For all those who are interested in how humans have and are changing the face of the earth, The Human Impact has become something of a classic text ... Indeed, as a classic, it has an important part to play in colouring our perception of humans′ relationship with the natural environment ... altogether readable, stimulating and instructive ... it is an essential textbook for all who are interested in human impacts on the environment." Scottish Geographical Journal<!––end––>

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The Human Impact has become the classic student text for understanding the ways in which human activity has changed and is changing the face of the earth. The fifth edition follows the familiar and successful structure of the previous editions and examines the human role in natural processes and systems. Professor Goudie provides a discussion of the development of ideas on global change together with chapters that deal with the impacts that humans have had on all aspects of the environment. The topics covered include vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, the atmosphere and climate. The book also considers the future, in particular the possible consequences of global warming.

This fifth edition has been extensively updated and referenced. It is wide–ranging in coverage and well illustrated throughout. It provides a comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today. The Human Impact gives students of the environment an essential introduction to the impact of humans on the Earth.

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By iammeg on 10 April 2013
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This book is great for university students studying geography, and maybe more specifically human geography. I found it very useful.
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HASH(0x94f5abe8) out of 5 stars Textbook coverage that doesn't read like a textbook 1 July 2001
By silica2 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Goudie's book covers both past and present human impacts on every conceivable component of the Earth -- on vegetation, animals, landforms, soil, water, climate, and the atmosphere. One of the strengths of this book is, of course, the great breadth of the topics it covers. Another strength is the use of clear concrete examples, with plenty of maps, graphs, and other visual presentations of relevant information. And finally, and most importantly, this book stands out because of the clarity of the writing, which is straight-forward and devoid of both technical jargon and judgmental phrasing.
This would make a great textbook for a college course, and yet would also make a wonderful reference or pleasure reading book for the curious. Not many books can make such a claim!
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HASH(0x94f5f990) out of 5 stars Human Impact on the Natural Environment 6 Mar. 2013
By GarryRogers - Published on
Format: Paperback
Human impacts are often subtle and complex. They easily escape our notice as they make small cumulative changes in the environment. Only by intensive analysis of the chemistry and spatiotemporal dynamics of particles, forces, and flows can some impacts be detected. But as human population and land use have grown, so has the visibility of the impacts.

In this book, British geographer Andrew Goudie gives well-illustrated discussions of many types of human impacts. Throughout, he points out the complexity of the impacts and uncertainties about their causes. With examples drawn from hundreds of studies, Professor Goudie summarizes a broad array of previous research.

Following an introduction to the development of human attitudes toward nature, the book covers vegetation, animals, soil, water, geomorphology, and climate. It ends with a chapter on the current view of human impacts.

When The Human Impact was first published in 1981, one reviewer, Paul Ward English, said, "this is an unusually fine book." I agree.
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