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Humans as Geologic Agents

Series: Reviews in Engineering Geology Volume: 16

Edited By: Judy Ehlen, William C Haneberg and Robert A Larson

158 pages, b&w photos and illus

Geological Society of America

Paperback | Dec 2005 | #160196 | ISBN: 0813741165
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&i;Homo sapiens&o; is the only known species to consciously effect change to the Earth's geologic environment. We reshape the Earth; intensify erosion; modify rivers; change local climates; pollute water resources, soils and geologic media; and alter soils and the biosphere. We dig holes in it, remove parts of it, and bury highly toxic materials in it. In this volume, the authors explore human impact on the Earth and attempt to answer the following questions. What have we done to Terra? How fast have we effected change? Are the changes permanent? Are they good, or have we inadvertently caused more damage? Can we, should we, repair some or all of these changes? These are important questions for the geoscience community because, as those most knowledgeable about the Earth and its resources, geologists play a major role in sustaining and preserving the Earth.

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