The impact of clearance and irrigation on the environment in the Lake Erhai catchment from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century


Elvin, Mark, Crook, Darren, Ji, Shen, Jones, Richard and Dearing, John (2002) The impact of clearance and irrigation on the environment in the Lake Erhai catchment from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century. East Asian Studies, 23, 1-60.

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Description/Abstract

Differences in microenvironments—defined by geology, geomorphology,
and hydrology—led to major differences in the nature of the environmental
problems created by economic development in different parts of the Erhai
catchment in southwestern China during the premodern period. In particular
we show that the second half of the eighteenth century was the critical period
for the onset of rapid environmental degradation in the northern part of the
catchment. From this it is established that premodern Chinese irrigated
farming cannot be defined as indefinitely ‘sustainable’ without major qualifications.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1036-6008 (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Environmental Processes and Change
ePrint ID: 55641
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55641

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