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Description - Geodiversity by Murray Gray

Since the UN Convention on Biodiversity was signed, attention has been focused on protecting and enhancing biological diversity. However, this does not include the rocks, landforms and processes that form the physical elements of our own environment. These elements have their own diversity and a geodiversity. This book focuses specifically on the geodiversity of the planet and the threats to this diversity, to explain the value of inanimate nature and to assess the approaches that should be taken to conserve it. This text is unique in several ways: reviews different approaches taken around the world, including USA, Canada, Europe and Australia; reviews new ideas including natural areas, landscape character, georestoration, landform design, sustainable use of geomaterials, environmental impact assessment and geodiversity action plans; compares geo- and biodiversity, establishes the need for integration of nature conservation strategies, and provides a vision for the future. Beginning with an overall definition and description of geodiversity, this book examines the value of geodiversity to society and the threats that exist to it. It then goes on to survey traditional approaches to protect geodiversity and the new management agenda which is starting to be used in addition. It concludes by looking at the interrelationships of geodiversity and biodiversity and their place in sustainable land management approaches. This book is for geologists and geomorphologists, nature conservationists, ecologists, landscape planners and architects. It is also a reference for undergraduates taking courses in environmental management, nature conservation, resource management or applied geology within departments of geography, geology and environmental science, as well as landscape architecture, planning and archaeology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780470848968
ISBN-10: 0470848960
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 171mm x 25mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Murray Gray

Murray Gray is a member of the Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Books By Murray Gray

Geodiversity by Murray Gray
Hardback, October 2013