The Physical Geography of South America

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Thomas T. Veblen, Kenneth R. Young, Kenneth R.. Young, A. R. Orme
Oxford University Press, 2007 - 361 páginas
The Physical Geography of South America, the eighth volume in the Oxford Regional Environments series, presents an enduring statement on the physical and biogeographic conditions of this remarkable continent and their relationships to human activity. It fills a void in recent environmental
literature by assembling a team of specialists from within and beyond South America in order to provide an integrated, cross-disciplinary body of knowledge about this mostly tropical continent, together with its high mountains and temperate southern cone. The authors systematically cover the main
components of the South American environment - tectonism, climate, glaciation, natural landscape changes, rivers, vegetation, animals, and soils. The book then presents more specific treatments of regions with special attributes from the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the Atacama Desert
and Patagonian steppe, and from the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific coasts to the high Andes. Additionally, the continents environments are given a human face by evaluating the roles played by people over time, from pre-European and European colonial impacts to the effects of modern agriculture and
urbanization, and from interactions with El Niño events to prognoses for the future environments of the continent.

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Ocean Coasts and Continental Shelves 249 19 Impacts of El NiñoSouthern Oscillation
15
8 Zoogeography
112
Systematic Framework
120
Tropical Forests of the Lowlands
135
The Tectonic Framework of South America 3 Peter A Furley
158
Atmospheric Circulation and Climatic Variability 45 11 The Mediterranean Environment of Central Chile
184
Late Quaternary Glaciation of the Tropical Andes 60 12 Tropical and Subtropical Landscapes of the Andes
200
Thomas Dunne and Leal Anne Kerry Mertes 13 Temperate Forests of the Southern Andean Region
217
Flora and Vegetation 91
232
Tropical Lowland Environments
265
The Legacy of European Colonialism 279 and Antony R Orme
353
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Thomas Veblen is a Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kenneth Young is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas in Austin. Antony Orme is a Professor of Geography at UCLA.

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