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The Great Basin

Author : Donald Grayson
ISBN : 9780520267473
Genre : Nature
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"The Great Basin, centering on Nevada and including substantial parts of California, Oregon, and Utah, gets its name from the fact that none of its rivers or streams flow to the sea. This book synthesizes the past 25,000 years of the natural history of this vast region. It explores the extinct animals that lived in the Great Basin during the Ice Age and recounts the rise and fall of the massive Ice Age lakes that existed here. It explains why trees once grew 13' beneath what is now the surface of Lake Tahoe, explores the nearly two dozen Great Basin mountain ranges that once held substantial glaciers, and tells the remarkable story of how pinyon pine came to cover some 17,000,000 acres of the Great Basin in the relatively recent past.These discussions culminate with the impressive history of the prehistoric people of the Great Basin, a history that shows how human societies dealt with nearly 13,000 years of climate change on this often-challenging landscape"--Provided by publisher.
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Deserts Past Pb

ISBN : 1560989335
Genre : Science
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Main Selection, Natural Science Book Club. Spanning 25,000 years and covering topics that range from Pleistocene glaciers to the ill-fated Donner Party, The Desert's Past presents the first complete synthesis of the environmental and human history of North America's Great Basin.
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Ancient Peoples Of The Great Basin And Colorado Plateau

Author : Steven R Simms
ISBN : 9781315434964
Genre : Social Science
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Written to appeal to professional archaeologists, students, and the interested public alike, this book is a long overdue introduction to the ancient peoples of the Great Basin and northern Colorado Plateau. Through detailed syntheses, the reader is drawn into the story of the habitation of the Great Basin from the entry of the first Native Americans through the arrival of Europeans. Ancient Peoples is a major contribution to Great Basin archaeology and anthropology, as well as the general study of foraging societies.
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Encyclopedia Of Prehistory Complete Set Of Volumes 1 8 And Volume 9 The Index Volume

Author : Peter N. Peregrine
ISBN : 0306462648
Genre : Social Science
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The Encyclopedia of Prehistory, with regionally organized entries on each major archaeological tradition, is a comprehensive overview of human history from two million years ago to the historic period. Prepared under the auspices and with the support of the Human Relations Area Files, and an internationally distinguished advisory board, the Encyclopedia is organized regionally with entries on each major archaeological tradition, written by noted experts in the field and edited by Peter N. Peregrine and Melvin Ember. The volumes follow a standard format and employ comparable units of description and analysis, making them easy to use and compare. -Volume 1 focuses on Africa. -Volume 2 focuses on Arctic and Sub Arctic. -Volume 3 focuses on East Asia and Oceania. -Volume 4 focuses on Europe. -Volume 5 focuses on Middle America. -Volume 6 focuses on North America. -Volume 7 focuses on South America. -Volume 8 focuses on South & Southwest Asia. -Volume 9 is the index volume.
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Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems

Author : Jeanne C. Chambers
ISBN : 1559639873
Genre : Nature
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Established by the USDA Forest Service in 1993, the Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project for Restoring and Maintaining Sustainable Riparian Ecosystems is a large-scale research study that uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the effects of climate change and human disturbance on riparian areas. Structured as a collaborative effort between management and research, the project focuses on understanding the geomorphic, hydrologic, and biotic processes that underlie riparian structure and function and the interrelated responses of those processes to disturbances, both natural and anthropogenic. Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems, edited by Jeanne C. Chambers and Jerry R. Miller, presents the approach used by the researchers to study and understand riparian areas in the Great Basin region. It summarizes the current state of knowledge about those areas and provides insights into the use of the information generated by the project for the restor-ation and management of riparian ecosystems. Because semi-arid ecosystems like the Great Basin are highly sensitive to climate change, the study considered how key processes are affected by past and present climate. Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems also examined the processes over a continuum of temporal and spatial scales. Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems addresses restoration over a variety of scales and integrates work from multiple disciplines, including riparian ecology, paleoecology, geomorphology, and hydrology. While the focus is on the Great Basin, the general approach is widely applicable, as it describes a promising new strategy for developing restoration and management plans, one based on sound principles derived from attention to natural systems.
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Encyclopedia Of Prehistory

Author : Peter N. Peregrine
ISBN : 9781461505235
Genre : Social Science
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The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents temporal dimension. Major traditions are an attempt to provide basic information also defined by a somewhat different set of on all archaeologically known cultures, sociocultural characteristics than are eth covering the entire globe and the entire nological cultures. Major traditions are prehistory of humankind. It is designed as defined based on common subsistence a tool to assist in doing comparative practices, sociopolitical organization, and research on the peoples of the past. Most material industries, but language, ideology, of the entries are written by the world's and kinship ties play little or no part in foremost experts on the particular areas their definition because they are virtually and time periods. unrecoverable from archaeological con The Encyclopedia is organized accord texts. In contrast, language, ideology, and ing to major traditions. A major tradition kinship ties are central to defining ethno is defined as a group of populations sharing logical cultures.
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From The Pleistocene To The Holocene

Author : C. Britt Bousman
ISBN : 9781603447607
Genre : Social Science
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"Most chapters began as papers for a symposium on Paleoindian-Archaic transitions in North America, given at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in Salt Lake City in 2005. Not all presenters submitted a chapter, so others were solicited to expand the geographic coverage of the volume."--Chapter 1.
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Lithic Technological Organization And Paleoenvironmental Change

Author : Erick Robinson
ISBN : 9783319644073
Genre : Social Science
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The objective of this edited volume is to bring together a diverse set of analyses to document how small-scale societies responded to paleoenvironmental change based on the evidence of their lithic technologies. The contributions bring together an international forum for interpreting changes in technological organization - embracing a wide range of time periods, geographic regions and methodological approaches.​ ​As technology brings more refined information on ancient climates, the research on spatial and temporal variability of paleoenvironmental changes. In turn, this has also broadened considerations of the many ways that prehistoric hunter-gatherers may have responded to fluctuations in resource bases. From an archaeological perspective, stone tools and their associated debitage provide clues to understanding these past choices and decisions, and help to further the investigation into how variable human responses may have been. Despite significant advances in the theory and methodology of lithic technological analysis, there have been few attempts to link these developments to paleoenvironmental research on a global scale.
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A Garden Of Bristlecones

Author : Michael P. Cohen
ISBN : 0874172969
Genre : Gardening
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An engaging, well-illustrated natural and cultural history of the oldest living organism: the bristlecone pine.Since Edmund Schulman discovered in 1958 that individual bristlecones live nearly 5,000 years, the trees have been investigated for the elaborate record their rings contain. They have been "read" closely, with major consequences for the records of natural and human history. Historians have read local and global environmental change. Archaeologists have rewritten the history of civilization. Writers have transformed the trees into figures pertinent to the human dilemmas of time and eternity. A Garden of Bristlecones investigates professional, popular, and artistic conceptions as a set of narratives drawn from the outside and from the inside of the trees. It reveals the premises of the investigators, the nature of their inquiry, and the extent of their knowledge, while also revealing the bristlecone pine itself. "This is a most impressive, groundbreaking work. Cohen's research is extensive and his perspective genuinely 'trandisciplinary.' ... The book is about people as much as it is about trees. It is about the way that culture influences our view of nature - the questions we pose to nature, the observations we make of nature, and the uses to which our observations are put. The bristlecone becomes a site where interests collide, where language is contested, and where reality and history are rewritten." - Cheryll Glotfelty, co-editor of The Ecocriticism Reader"In Cohen's ambitious endeavor, changes in the way bristlecone pine has been regarded during the last 150 years are a reflection of the changing view that Americans held of the West as it was explored, pioneered, exploited, and then protected. As scientists we have not only a responsibility, but perhaps even a moral obligation to convey the understandings that we glean from science to society as a whole. Yet it is Cohen who fulfills the role - the transfer of technology - that scientists seldom do." - Peter Wigand, Desert Research Insitute
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