22. The Human Impact

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. Nick Middleton

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch22

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

How to Cite

Middleton, N. (2011) The Human Impact, in Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition (ed D. S. G. Thomas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch22

Editor Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

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Keywords:

  • living with dryland geomorphology - the human impact;
  • human use, and occupation of desert and semi-desert environments - its mark on dryland geomorphology;
  • soil cover, patchy in deserts - continuous towards desert margins;
  • terracing, and rainwater harvesting - maximising utility of surface water;
  • irrigated agriculture - practice of irrigated agriculture with a long history;
  • agricultural activities on dryland soils - and increased soil erosion;
  • playas, sediments mobilised by wind - and human activity;
  • human impacts on sand dunes - modifying sand dune forms, and processes operating on them;
  • the arroyo debate continuing - human activity and geomorphological change, intentional or otherwise;
  • human impact on desert geomorphology - diverse and widespread

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Human impacts on soils

  • Human impacts on sand dunes

  • Human impacts on rivers

  • Cause and effect: the arroyo debate continues

  • Conclusions

  • References