ERIC Number: ED235080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Plants and People: Vegetation Change in North America. Resource Publications in Geography.
Vale, Thomas R.
General questions of vegetation change and the relationship between natural and human causes of plant disturbance are examined. The themes presented were treated by the author in a semester-long, college-level geography course. The book might be used as an outline for professors wishing to develop such a course, as a text for students, or as a supplemental reference for a more general course in biogeography or related fields. There are six chapters. Chapter 1 examines factors influencing vegetation and disturbance as a vegetation factor. Vegetation change is the focus of the second chapter. Chapter 3 discusses human impacts on vegetation, looking at changes in fire regimes, livestock grazing, logging, trampling, off-road vehicles, air pollution, construction activity, altered biota, abandonment of agricultural land, and purposeful manipulation. The effects of altered vegetation on environmental systems are examined in the fourth chapter. Historical and ecological sources for studying vegetation change are dealt with in chapter 5. The concluding chapter discusses vegetation change and human purpose. A bibliography is included. (RM)
Descriptors: Botany, Change, Environmental Influences, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Human Geography, Instructional Materials, Plant Growth, Resource Materials
Association of American Geographers, 1710 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 ($5.00; 10-99 copies, 10% discount).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Biogeography; Human Impact; Plants (Botany); Vegetation