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Title African environments and resources / L.A. Lewis, L. Berry.
Imprint New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Routledge library editions. Development ; v. 24
Routledge library editions. Development ; v. 24.
Note Originally published: Boston, Mass.; London: Unwin Hyman, 1988.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Natural resources -- Africa.
Ecology -- Africa.
Natural resources -- Government policy -- Africa.
Environmental policy -- Africa.
Africa.
Contents Cover; AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTS AND RESOURCES; Copyright; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of tables; 1 African environments and resources: an overview; Introduction to the African environment; Concepdons and misconceptions about the African environment; Introduction to development issues in Africa; Conclusions; 2 The African environment: an historical overview; Geologic and geomorphologic background; The history of climatic change; The impacts of climatic change on land-water relationships; Conclusion; 3 The patterns of political change: relationship to the environment; Precolonial.
Colonial periodIndependence; Population; Urbanization; Sedentarization; Rural populations; Agricultural crops and change; Livestock; Industrial growth; Land disturbance; Water-air pollution; Water and energy sources; Transport systems; Summary; 4 Tropical rainforest environments; Introduction; General population prospectives; Current trends in areal coverage of rainforest; The macroclimatic characteristics: a brief introduction; Microclimate; Vegetation attributes; Soil properties of rainforest areas; Hydrology of rainforest areas; Rivers of the rainforests; Human activities: resource use.
River basins and some impacts of developmentConservation practices within highland river basins; Agroclimatologic zones: a Kenyan Highland example; General conclusions; 8 Extratropical and southern Africa; Definitions and purpose of this chapter; The Mediterranean area; Extratropical southern Africa; 9 Water: a scarce resource; Introduction; Precipitation and water-balance patterns; River characteristics; African lakes; Swamps; The Sudd and Jonglei Drainage Project; Summary; 10 Urban and industrial growth; General population growth in Africa; Urban population growth in Africa.
Industrial growthDistribution and classification of cities; Summary and conclusions; 11 Minerals, industry, and the environment; Introduction; Minerals, mining, and the environment; Industries and the environment; Summary; 12 Environment and development in Africa: a review and prospect; Introduction; The general characteristics of the African environment; Historical patterns of resource use; Special issues related to ecologic zones in Africa; Urban Africa; Water systems; Trends in African development; Critical development and environment issues for Africa; Environment and development in Africa: the next two decades.
Summary 5 The dry areas; Introduction; The deserts: myth and reality in environmental conditions; Important environmental processes in dry areas; Patterns of resource use in dry areas; 6 The savanna and dry-forest environments; Introduction; Climate; Other factors in the savanna and dry-woodland ecology; Farming and grazing in the savanna: an overview; East Africa: a case study of the savanna; Conclusion; 7 The highlands; Introduction; The highlands of eastern and central Africa; Characteristics of highland environments; Rural population in the highlands.
First published in 1988, this work provides a comprehensive picture of the range of physical environments in Africa, focusing upon those characteristics and issues central to the management of environmental resources. Beginning with an overview of the geographical and environmental history of Africa, the authors also provide to the evolution of the management of resources and then details a broadly defined ecosystem approach, in which major environmental resource issues are identified and addressed in the tropical rainforest, the Savannah dry-forest, the arid and semi-arid areas, the highlands.
Other Author Berry, Leonard, 1930-
Other Title Print version: Lewis, L.A.A. African Environments and Resources. Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, 2011 9780415592932