(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1986)

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Man's impact on the evolution of the physical environment in the Mediterranean region in historical times in Mediterranean regions.

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Holocene fluvial and marine sediments have been found in many areas of the Mediterranean region. In Basilicata, for example, four periods of accumulation can be identified. Only the first one was climatically/eustatically caused, whereas the other three - dating from the Greek-Roman Epoch, the medieval times, and the last two centuries - owe their origin to man's activities (deforestation, farming etc.). The ecologically vulnerable environment (Mediterranean subtropics, easily erodable marls and clays, steep relief) was the main reason why man's influence on nature has had catastrophic effects (badland formation in the hinterland and on the valley slopes, enormous accumulations in the valleys and coastal plains)


Article of periodic

published at : Geojournal

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Millesime : 1986, vol. 13, no1 [pp. 7-17]

Bibliographic references : 39 réf.



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