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Mountains: Physical, Human-Environmental, and Sociocultural Dynamics

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Edited by Mark A. Fonstad


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Mountains have captured the interests and passions of people for thousands of years. Today, millions of people live within mountain regions, and mountain regions are often areas of accelerated environmental change. This edited volume highlights new understanding of mountain environments and mountain peoples around the world. The understanding of mountain environments and peoples has been a focus of individual researchers for centuries; more recently the interest in mountain regions among researchers has been growing rapidly. The articles contained within are from a wide spectrum of researchers from different parts of the world who address physical, political, theoretical, social, empirical, environmental, methodological, and economic issues focused on the geography of mountains and their inhabitants. The articles in this special issue are organized into three themed sections with very loose boundaries between themes: (1) physical dynamics of mountain environments, (2) coupled human–physical dynamics, and (3) sociocultural dynamics in mountain regions. This book was first published as a special issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Table of Contents


Mountains: A Special Issue Mark A. Fonstad

Physical Dynamics of Mountain Environments

1. Controls on Mountain Plant Diversity in Northern California: A 14,000-Year Overview Christy E. Briles

2. The Scientific Discovery of Glaciers in the American West Andrew G. Fountain

3. Incorporating Autonomous Sensors and Climate Modeling to Gain Insight into Seasonal Hydrometeorological Processes within a Tropical Glacierized Valley Robert Åke Hellström, Alfonso Fernández, Bryan Greenwood Mark, Jason Michael Covert, Alejo Cochachín Rapre, and Ricardo Jesús Gomez

4. How Rivers Get Across Mountains: Transverse Drainages Phillip H. Larson, Norman Meek, John Douglass, Ronald I. Dorn, and Yeong Bae Seong

5. Geomorphometric Controls on Mountain Glacier Changes since the Little Ice Age in the Eastern Tien Shan, Central Asia Yanan Li, Yingkui Li, Xiaoyu Lu, and Jon Harbor

6. Some Perspectives on Avalanche Climatology Cary J. Mock, Kristy C. Carter, and Karl W. Birkeland

7. Characteristics of Precipitating Storms in Glacierized Tropical Andean Cordilleras of Peru and Bolivia L. Baker Perry, Anton Seimon, Marcos F. Andrade-Flores, Jason L. Endries, Sandra E. Yuter, Fernando Velarde, Sandro Arias, Marti Bonshoms, Eric J. Burton, Ronald Winkelmann, Courtney M. Cooper, Guido Mamani, Maxwell Rado, Nilton Montoya, and Nelson Quispe

8. On the Production of Climate Information in the High Mountain Forests of Guatemala Diego Pons, Matthew J. Taylor, Daniel Griffin, Edwin J. Castellanos, and Kevin J. Anchukaitis

9. Retreating Glaciers, Incipient Soils, Emerging Forests: 100 Years of Landscape Change on Mount Baker, Washington, USA Paul Whelan and Andrew J. Bach

Coupled Human-Physical Dynamics

10. Impacts of Glacier Recession and Declining Meltwater on Mountain Societies Mark Carey, Olivia C. Molden, Mattias Borg Rasmussen, M Jackson, Anne W. Nolin, and Bryan G. Mark

11. Agro-environmental Transitions in African Mountains: Recent Land Use and Livelihood Changes amid State-Led Commercialization in Rwanda Nathan Clay

12."Water is life": Local Perceptions of Páramo Grasslands and Land Management Strategies Associated with Payment for Ecosystem Services Kathleen A. Farley and Leah L. Bremer

13. Natural Hazard Management from a Coevolutionary Perspective: Exposure and Policy Response in the European Alps Sven Fuchs, Veronika Röthlisberger, Thomas Thaler, Andreas Zischg, and Margreth Keiler

14. Bringing the Hydrosocial Cycle into Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Lessons from Two Andean Mountain Water Towers Megan Mills-Novoa, Sophia L. Borgias, Arica Crootof, Bhuwan Thapa, Rafael de Grenade, and Christopher A. Scott

15. Nanga Parbat Revisited: Evolution and Dynamics of Sociohydrological Interactions in the Northwestern Himalaya Marcus Nüsser and Susanne Schmidt

16. Applied Montology using Critical Biogeography in the Andes Fausto O. Sarmiento, J. Tomás Ibarra, Antonia Barreau, J. Cristóbal Pizarro, Ricardo Rozzi, Juan A. Gonzalez, and Larry M. Frolich

17. Snowlines and Treelines in the Tropical Andes Kenneth R. Young, Alexandra G. Ponette-González, Molly H. Polk, and Jennifer K. Lipton

18. Mountain Ecology, Remoteness, and the Rise of Agrobiodiversity: Tracing the Geographic Spaces of Human–Environment Knowledge Karl S. Zimmerer, Hildegardo Córdova-Aguilar, Rafael Mata Olmo, Yolanda Jiménez Olivencia, and Steven J. Vanek

Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Mountain Regions

19. Heritage as Weapon: Contested Geographies of Conservation and Culture in the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, India Ashwini Chhatre, Shikha Lakhanpal, and Satya Prasanna

20. Perestroika to Parkland: The Evolution of Land Protection in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan Stephen F. Cunha

21. Harnessing the State: Social Transformation, Infrastructural Development, and the Changing Governance of Water Systems in the Kangra District of the Indian Himalayas Harry W. Fischer

22. Living with Earthquakes and Angry Deities at the Himalayan Borderlands Mabel Denzin Gergan

23. The Sacred Mountain Shiveet Khairkhan (Bayan Ölgiy aimag, Mongolia) and the Centering of Cultural Indicators in the Age of Nomadic Pastoralism Esther Jacobson-Tepfer and James E. Meacham

24. Mountain Agriculture for Global Markets: The Case of Greenhouse Floriculture in Ecuador Gregory Knapp

25. Mountainous Terrain and Civil Wars: Geospatial Analysis of Conflict Dynamics in the Post-Soviet Caucasus Andrew M. Linke, Frank D. W. Witmer, Edward Holland, and John O’Loughlin

26. Making Mountain Places into State Spaces: Infrastructure, Consumption, and Territorial Practice in a Himalayan Borderland Galen Murton

27. Khumbi yullha and the Beyul: Sacred Space and the Cultural Politics of Religion in Khumbu, Nepal Lindsay A. Skog

About the Editor

Mark Fonstad is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, USA. He specializes in studies of riverine and mountain environments. His areas of research are the physical geography of rivers and mountains, the fusion of physical geography with geographic information science, geomorphology, hydrology, and remote sensing.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography