A Dictionary of Environmental History by Ian D. Whyte

By Ian D. Whyte

Professor Whyte's A Dictionary of Environmental heritage provides in one quantity a entire reference paintings overlaying the prior 12,000 years of the Earth's environmental historical past. An creation to the self-discipline is by means of virtually 1,000 entries protecting key terminology, occasions, locations, dates, issues, in addition to the key personalities within the historical past of the self-discipline. Entries variety from shorter genuine money owed to enormous mini-essays on key themes and matters. totally cross-referenced with an intensive bibliography, this pioneering paintings offers an authoritative but available source that may shape crucial analyzing for teachers, practitioners and scholars of environmental historical past and comparable disciplines.

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Ancient and planned countryside A division of England into two broad landscape categories recognized by early-modern topographers as woodland and champion (open field) areas. Later landscape specialists recognized that parliamentary enclosure in England was concentrated in a belt of country from S England through the Midlands to the NE with regions of old enclosures on either side. This belt had been transformed in medieval times by the creation of open field systems, many of which survived until enclosure in the C18.

The Aran Islands are a group of three islands in Galway Bay, W Ireland. Essentially, tilted limestone slabs with steep cliffs facing the Atlantic, similar to the Burren. Populated early in prehistory because of their light, well-drained soils. Many stone-walled ring forts survive from later prehistory in a good state of preservation, like Dun Aengus. The landscape is criss-crossed by a dense network of irregular stone walls. Artificial soil was created by carrying sand and seaweed up from the shore for potatoes and other vegetables.

Asteroid impacts Impacts on earth by large asteroids and comets are rare but are known to have occurred in the past, though they are outside recorded human experience. 50 m diameter.

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