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Mediterranean Island Landscapes: Natural and Cultural by Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis, Gloria Pungetti, A.M. Mannion

By Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis, Gloria Pungetti, A.M. Mannion

Mediterranean islands show many similarities of their biotic ecological, actual and environmental features. There also are many variations when it comes to their human colonization and present anthropogenic pressures. This e-book addresses in 3 sections those features and examines the most important environmental adjustments that the islands skilled throughout the Quaternary interval. the 1st part presents info on typical and cultural elements that have formed island landscapes. It describes the environmental and cultural alterations of the Holocene and their results on biota, in addition to at the present human pressures which are now threats to the sustainability of the island groups. the second one part makes a speciality of the landscapes of the most important islands particularly Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Cyprus, Crete, Malta and the Balearics. every one island bankruptcy contains a detailed subject reflecting a specific attribute of the island. half 3 provides recommendations for motion in the direction of sustainability in Mediterranean islands and concludes with a comparability among the biggest islands. regardless of a number of released books on Mediterranean ecosystems/landscapes there's no latest ebook facing Mediterranean islands in a collective demeanour. scholars, researchers and college academics in environmental technology, geography, biology and ecology will locate this paintings priceless as a cross-disciplinary textual content whereas planners and politicians will welcome the succinct summaries as historical past fabric to making plans judgements.

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3 Permanent disadvantages of island regions (After EESC 2003) Disadvantage Nature Isolation from the mainland Higher cost of sea and air transport, communications and infrastructure on account of natural and climate-related obstacles Restricted usable land area Limited fishery resources Restricted water supplies Restricted sources of energy Marine and coastal pollution Special difficulties in waste management Falling population, particularly of young people Coastal erosion The shortage of qualified workforce The absence of favourable economic climate for businesses Difficult access to education and health services Small scale and seasonal nature of local markets Economic Physical Economic Physical Physical Physical Physical Physical Physical Social Physical Social Economic Social of tourism as intensi ve work for just tw o thirds of the year is often considered preferable to all-year -round emplo yment.

F or example, in the core from Ocean Drilling Program site 976 in the Alboran Sea (between Spain and Morocco) changes in relative abundances of dinoflagellate c ysts, the remains of microscopic, mostly unicellular protists (often referred to as algae) of planktonic habit, and the species composition parallel oxygen-isotope fluctuations (Nebout et al. 1999). This is considered to reflect changes in surf ace-water temperatures. 7 × 10 6 years BP due to signif icant climatic and/or hydrological change.

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