Mountains cover a quarter of the Earth's land surface and a quarter of the global population lives in or adjacent to these areas. The global importance of mountains is recognized particularly because they provide critical resources, such as water, food and wood; contain high levels of biological and cultural diversity; and are often places for tourism and recreation and/or of sacred significance. This major revision of Larry Price's book Mountains and Man (1981) is both timely and highly appropriate.
The past three decades have been a period of remarkable progress in our understanding of mountains from an academic point of view. Of even greater importance is that society at large now realizes that mountains and the people who reside in them are not isolated from the mainstream of world affairs, but are vital if we are to achieve an environmentally sustainable future. Mountain Geography is a comprehensive text that gives students a solid foundation for understanding the geographical processes occurring in the world's mountains and the overall impact of these regions on culture and society as a whole.
Mountain Geography begins with an introduction to how mountains are defined, followed by a comprehensive treatment of their physical geography: origins, climatology, snow and ice, landforms and geomorphic processes, soils, vegetation, and wildlife. The concluding chapters introduce students to the human geography of mountains: attitudes toward mountains, people living in mountain regions and their livelihoods and interactions within dynamic environments, the diverse types of mountain agriculture, and the challenges of sustainable mountain development.
Foreword Jack D. Ives
Preface to the Second Edition Alton C. Byers
Chapter 1 Introduction to Mountains Alton C. Byers, Larry W. Price and Martin F. Price
Chapter 2 Origins of Mountains John F. Shroder, Jr. and Larry W. Price
Chapter 3 Mountain Climate Andrew J. Bach and Larry W. Price
Chapter 4 Snow, Ice, Avalanches and Glaciers Leland R. Dexter, Karl W. Birkeland, and Larry W. Price
Chapter 5 Mountain Landforms and Geomorphic Processes Jason R. Janke and Larry W. Price
Chapter 6 Mountain Soils Larry W. Price and Carol P. Harden
Chapter 7 Mountain Vegetation Keith S. Hadley, Larry W. Price and Georg Grabherr
Chapter 8 Mountain Wildlife Larry W. Price and Valerius Geist
Chapter 9 Attitudes Towards Mountains Edwin Bernbaum and Larry W. Price
Chapter 10 People in the Mountains James S. Gardner, Robert E. Rhoades, and Christoph Stadel
Chapter 11 Agricultural Settlement and Land Use in Mountains Stephen F. Cunha and Larry W. Price
Chapter 12 Sustainable Mountain Development Martin F. Price and Thomas Kohler
Alton C. Byers is Director of Science and Exploration at The Mountain Institute (TMI). He received his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1987.
Donald A. Friend is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Minnesota State University, Founding Director of the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center, Director of Earth Science Programs, and Co-Chair of the President's Strategic Priority Task Force on Global Solutions.
Thomas Kohler is Associate Director in the Centre for Development and Environment and lecturer at the Department of Geography at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is Managing Director of the International Mountain Society (IMS), publisher of the journal Mountain Research and Development.
Martin F. Price is Professor of Mountain Studies and Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development.
Larry W. Price is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at Portland State University. His best-known book is Mountains and Man (1981).