Mediterranean Island Landscapes: Natural and Cultural by Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis, Gloria Pungetti, A.M. Mannion

By Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis, Gloria Pungetti, A.M. Mannion

Mediterranean islands convey many similarities of their biotic ecological, actual and environmental features. There also are many ameliorations when it comes to their human colonization and present anthropogenic pressures. This publication addresses in 3 sections those features and examines the most important environmental alterations that the islands skilled in the course of the Quaternary interval. the 1st part presents info on ordinary and cultural components that have formed island landscapes. It describes the environmental and cultural alterations of the Holocene and their results on biota, in addition to at the present human pressures which are now threats to the sustainability of the island groups. the second one part specializes in the landscapes of the most important islands particularly Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Cyprus, Crete, Malta and the Balearics. each one island bankruptcy features a specified subject reflecting a specific attribute of the island. half 3 provides recommendations for motion in the direction of sustainability in Mediterranean islands and concludes with a comparability among the biggest islands. regardless of a number of released books on Mediterranean ecosystems/landscapes there is not any present e-book facing Mediterranean islands in a collective demeanour. scholars, researchers and college academics in environmental technology, geography, biology and ecology will locate this paintings necessary as a cross-disciplinary textual content whereas planners and politicians will welcome the succinct summaries as history fabric to making plans judgements.

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The widespread tourist de velopment on the north coast has led to the destruction of dune systems. The penultimate chapter in Part II, Chapter 12, is concerned with the Balearics, an archipelago of 151 islands and islets only four of which are inhabited at present. Their remarkable geomorphology and isolation have resulted in a unique biodiversity, with differences occurring between the east and west islands of the archipelago. The Balearics are as archaeologically distinct as the y are biogeographically distinct because the y ha ve al ways been isolated.

In particular it focuses on the changes 1 Introduction to the Mediterranean Island Landscapes 5 Fig. 1 The Mediterranean region and the major islands (Adapted from GLOB AL GIS © 2001 American Geological Institute. With permission) during the Holocene, approximately the last 10,000 years, and their effects on biota, and on the current human pressures that are no w threats to the sustainability of the island communities. The general aim of this book is to review the existing qualitative and quantitative information, which is currently fragmented, on the Mediterranean Islands’ physical and cultural environments.

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