Drylands, which cover over half the world's area, have witnessed rapid development, exploitation and change with the discovery of mineral reserves, urbanization and population growth. Environmental management is critical to the conservation and sustainable use of resources.
This comprehensive text offers a systematic study of the physical nature of drylands and the history of human response to and uses of these harsh landscapes. Detailed case studies, including urban as well as pastoral drylands from California to Soviet Central Asia, the Middle East, the Sahara and Australia, contrast different management approaches and problems.
`This highly informative text, supported by statistical tables and diagrams ... is recommended for academic, planning and decision-making processes.' - Environmental Education and Information
`The book is excellent and will become a major reference not only for geographers but for students in other environmental studies.' - Annals of the Association of American Geographers
` ... presents a very readable overview of the world's drylands and of the socio-economic issues influencing the different approaches to management.' - The Geographical Journal