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In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society

By: Mark Carey

304 pages, 28 illus

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Apr 2010 | #184764 | ISBN-13: 9780195396072
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Hardback | May 2010 | #184763 | ISBN-13: 9780195396065
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This book illustrates in detail how people in the Andes have grappled with the effects of climate change and ensuing natural disasters for more than half a century.

"In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers addresses a topic that has been virtually unexplored in the historiography of the Andes and will be regarded as a significant contribution to the study of the historical construction of nature and disasters. In this original and beautifully written book, Mark Carey contributes to the study of Andean environmental, political, economic, and cultural history."-Carlos Aguirre, University of Oregon

"Mark Carey puts local people at the center of his path-breaking historical analysis. Here, culture often trumps science in shaping human adaptations to global climate change."-Julie Cruikshank, author of Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination

"Glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca have attracted my scientific interest for more then twenty years. Still, I never got rid of a feeling that there is something behind the objectively scrutinized glaciers that we cannot understand. After reading Mark Carey


INTRODUCTION; 1. Melted Ice Destroys a City: Huaraz, 1941; 2. Geo-Racial Disorder beneath Enchanted Lakes; 3. Engineering the Andes, Nationalizing Natural Disaster; 4. High Development Follows Disasters; 5. In Pursuit of Danger: Defining and Defending Hazard Zones; 6. The Story of Vanishing Water Towers; 7. The Risk of Neoliberal Glaciers; CONCLUSION; APPENDIX 1 GLACIER-RELATED DISASTERS IN CORDILLERA BLANCA HISTORY; APPENDIX 2 GOVERNMENT ENTITIES CONDUCTING GLACIER AND GLACIAL LAKE PROJECTS; APPENDIX 3 SELECTED CORDILLERA BLANCA GLACIAL LAKE SECURITY PROJECTS; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY

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