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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, pp. 1-60.

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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.

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Published date: June 2002

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Local EPrints ID: 55641
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55641
ISSN: 1036-6008
PURE UUID: d211bea8-15cd-48fc-9201-fa64ed354bae
ORCID for John Dearing: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1466-9640

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Date deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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Author: Mark Elvin
Author: Darren Crook
Author: Shen Ji
Author: Richard Jones
Author: John Dearing ORCID iD

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