Geodiversity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 25, 2004 - Science - 448 pages
A counterpoint to biodiversity, geodiversity describes the rocks, sediments, soils, fossils, landforms, and the physical processes that underlie our environment. The first book to focus exclusively on the subject, Geodiversity describes the interrelationships between geodiversity and biodiversity, the value of geodiversity to society, as well as current threats to its existence. Illustrated with global case studies throughout, the book examines traditional approaches to protecting biodiversity and the new management agenda which is starting to be used instead.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Defining Geodiversity
1
Chapter 2 Describing Geodiversity
13
Chapter 3 Valuing Geodiversity
65
Chapter 4 Threats to Geodiversity
133
Chapter 5 Conserving Geodiversity The Protected Area and Legislative Approaches
175
Chapter 6 Managing Geodiversity New Approaches for the Wider Landscape
263
Chapter 7 Comparing and Integrating Geodiversity and Biodiversity
347
Chapter 8 Towards a Vision for Geodiversity Conservation
367
References
373
Index
411
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Murray Gray is a member of the Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

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