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Author Nienhuis, P. H.
Title Environmental history of the Rhine-Meuse Delta : an ecological story on evolving human-environmental relations coping with climate change and sea-level rise / Piet H. Nienhuis.
Imprint [New York?] : Springer, [2008]

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Author Nienhuis, P. H.
Subject Human ecology -- Netherlands -- Rhine-Meuse Delta -- History.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Netherlands -- Rhine-Meuse Delta.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on -- Netherlands -- Rhine-Meuse Delta.
Ecology -- Netherlands -- Rhine-Meuse Delta.
Sea level -- Environmental aspects -- Netherlands -- Rhine-Meuse Delta.
Climatic changes -- Netherlands -- Rhine-Meuse Delta.
Description xviii, 640 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 589-618) and index.
Contents Human Occupation and Management of a Fertile Delta -- Prehistory and Early History of the Delta -- The Delta in the Later Middle Ages (800-1500) -- Technical Achievements in River Management (1500-1800) -- River Management after 1800: Complete Regulation and Canalisation -- The Legacy of Human Intervention -- Changes in the Relation Between Man and Nature -- Land Use: Agriculture and Use of Wood -- River Fisheries Through the Ages -- Floods and Flood Protection -- Human Intervention in the SW Delta -- Human Intervention in Tributaries of the Large Rivers -- History of Industrial Pollution and its Control -- Changing Rhine Ecosystems: Pollution and Rehabilitation -- Changing Meuse Ecosystems: Pollution and Rehabilitation -- Pollution and Rehabilitation of the Aquatic Environment in the Delta -- Ecology of Biota in a Man-Made Landscape: Deterioration and Rehabilitation -- River-Fish Fauna of the Delta -- Eelgrass Wax and Wane: A Case Study -- Exotics and Invasions of Plants and Animals -- Changes in Biodiversity: Lower Organisms, Vegetation and Flora -- Changes in Biodiversity: Birds and Mammals and their Use -- An Ecological Story on Evolving Human-Environmental Relations Coping with Climate Change and Sea-level Rise -- A Synthesis -- The Making of the Delta -- The Future of the Delta.
Summary This book presents the environmental history of the Delta of the lowland rivers Rhine and Meuse, an ecological story on evolving human-environmental relations coping with climate change and sea-level rise. It offers a combination of in-depth ecology and environmental history, dealing with exploitation of land and water, the use of everything nature provided, the development of fisheries and agriculture, changes in biodiversity of higher plants, fish, birds, mammals and invasive exotics. It is the first comprehensive book written in English on the integrated environmental history of the Delta, from prehistoric times up to the present day. It covers the l- acy of human intervention, the inescapable fate of reclaimed, nevertheless subs- ing and sinking polders, 'bathtubs' attacked by numerous floods, reclaimed in the Middle Ages and unwittingly exposed to the rising sea level and the increasing amplitude between high and low water in the rivers. The river channels, constricted and regulated between embankments, lost their flood plains, silted up, degraded and incised. Cultivation of raised bog deposits led to oxidation and compacting of peat and clay, resulting in progressive subsidence and flooding; arable land had to be changed into grassland and wetland. For millennia muscular strength and wind and water powers moulded the country into its basic form. From 1800 onwards, acceleration and scaling up by steam power and electricity, and exponential popu- tion growth, resulted in the erection of human structures 'fixed forever', and severe pressure on the environment.
ISBN 9781402082115 (hbk. : alk. paper)
1402082118 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781402082139 (e-ISBN)
1402082134 (e-ISBN)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-1-4020-8213-9
OCLC # 320621368
Additional Format Print version: Nienhuis, P.H. Environmental history of the Rhine-Meuse Delta. Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2008 9781402082115 1402082118 (OCoLC)195695034.

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