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New Studies on Former and Recent Landscape Changes in Africa : Palaeoecology of Africa 32, Hardback Book

New Studies on Former and Recent Landscape Changes in Africa : Palaeoecology of Africa 32 Hardback

Edited by Jurgen Runge

Part of the Palaeoecology of Africa series


Volume 32 (2013) of the internationally recognized and acclaimed yearbook series 'Palaeoecology of Africa' publishes 9 new interdisciplinary scientific papers on former and recent landscape evolution and on past environments of the African continent (e.g. climate change, vegetation dynamics and growing impact of humans on ecosystems).

These papers expand horizons and interconnections to various types and methodologies of research on environmental dynamics from the Pliocene up to the present: review articles and regional case studies cover Nigeria, Cameroon, selected areas of the Congo basin, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.

This volume also gives space to researchers from Africa to present their findings to a wider international audience. Today, by growing awareness of the worldwide impact of Global Change, it has become obvious that aside of the northern and southern hemisphere Polar region also the environmental setting in Africa was subject to considerable changes over time.

Natural shifts in climate at least since the Pliocene have caused repeated and strong modification in the area dynamics of ecosystems located in lower latitudes.

By a variety of so-called 'proxies' - researched and applied by the different authors from numerous disciplines - an attempt is made to reconstruct the evolution of landscapes over space and time.

Besides such spatio-temporal oscillations in forested and savanna areas of Africa this volume of 'Palaeoecology of Africa' also focuses on possible relationships between environmental change and human impact, also on the perception of this phenomenon of recent 'climate changes' by different stakeholders. This book will be of interest to all concerned with low latitudes ecosystem changes and their respective interpretation in the framework of natural climate and vegetation change evidenced by a variety of methods that allow us to read and learn from 'proxy data' archives.

Archaeologists, Palynologists, Palaeobotanist, Geographers, Geologists and Geomorphologists will find this edition equally useful for their work.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Landscape archaeology
  • ISBN: 9781138001169