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Mountains: A Very Short Introduction By Martin Price (University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth)

Mountains: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Price (University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth)

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In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Price addresses the role of mountains in global ecosystems and within human culture. Considering the global effects of melting glaciers, and the conservation of mountain regions and peoples, he discusses the future of mountainous regions and the implications for all of us.

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Mountains: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Price (University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth)

Mountains cover a quarter of the Earth's land surface and are home to about 12 percent of the global population. They are the sources of all the world's major rivers, affect regional weather patterns, provide centres of biological and cultural diversity, hold deposits of minerals, and provide both active and contemplative recreation. Yet mountains are also significantly affected by climate change; as melting and retreating glaciers show. Given the manifold goods and services which mountains provide to the world, such changes are of global importance. In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Price outlines why mountains matter at the global level, and addresses the existing and likely impacts of climate change on mountain, hydrological and ecological systems. Considering the risks associated with the increasing frequency of extreme events and 'natural hazards' caused by climate change, he discusses the implications for both mountain societies and wider populations, and concludes by emphasizing the need for greater cooperation in order to adapt to climate change in our increasingly globalized world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Mountains: A Very Short Introduction Reviews

neat little book, perfect for carrying in a pocket or in hand luggage ... I would certainly recommend
this as a suitable text for pre-A level or undergraduate reading lists, or for anyone with a wider interest in mountains. * Jane Terry, Geography *
The text is packed with information and details on mountains and gives an easy-to-read insight into many facts about mountains and people's interaction with them. It is highly recommended for anybody interested and its small light-weight format allows taking it along to read at the top of a mountain. * eco.mont *
Even if your interest in mountains stops short at the Cheviot, you should find food for thought in these pages. * Mike Merchant, Scottish Mountaineer *
conveys a vivid impression of the many ways in which mountains are important to us. * Network Reviews *

About Martin Price (University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth)

Martin F. Price is Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland; Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has been involved in numerous international initiatives for the sustainable development of mountain regions, working with organisations including the European Commission, European Environment Agency, FAO, IUCN, UNEP, UNESCO and WWF. He is the author and editor of many books and reports on mountain topics, including Mountain Geography: Physical and Human Dimensions (University of California Press, 2013).

Table of Contents

1. Why do mountains matter? ; 2. Mountains are not eternal ; 3. The world's water towers ; 4. Living in a vertical world ; 5. Hotspots of diversity ; 6. Protected areas and tourism ; 7. Climate change in the mountains ; Further Reading ; Index

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Mountains: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Price (University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth)
Oxford University Press
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