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The Kalahari Environment

By: D Thomas and P Shaw

288 pages, 21 b/w photos, 70 line diagrams, 26 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2010 | #184335 | ISBN-13: 9780521129770
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NHBS Price: £35.99 $44/€40 approx
Hardback | Feb 1991 | #11447 | ISBN: 0521370809
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About this book

This book provides an integrated, thorough and up-to-date review of the nature and development of the Kalahari environment, an environment of great ecological and geomorphological diversity. Its complex climatic and geological history and its long association with human societies attempting to utilise its natural resources are aspects of increasing scientific interest.

The book has evolved from the authors' own research in the Kalahari, and attempts to provide explanations and answers to some of the many questions raised about this region, ranging from the commonly asked 'is it really a desert?', to more specific and detailed concerns. The interdisciplinary approach will make the book of interest to researchers, lecturers and advanced students in earth sciences, environmental studies, tropical geomorphology and Quaternary science. The extensive bibliography will also make the book a very important source of reference.

Reissue of a book first published in 1991.

'This book is long overdue...provides a comprehensive background ...' Journal of Biogeography.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. An introduction to the Kalahari; Part I. The Physical Background: 2. Tectonic and geological framework; 3. The Kalahari sediments; 4. Climate, soils and vegetation of the Kalahari; Part II. Geomorphology and Environmental Change: 5. The geomorphology of the Kalahari: rivers and lakes; 6. The geomorphology of the Kalahari: aeolian, pan and rock landforms; 7. The palaeoenvironmental history of the Kalahari; Part III. The Human Factor: 8. The Kalahari in the archaeological record; 9. The Kalahari environment in the 19th and 20th centuries; Appendices; Bibliography.

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