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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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
ePrint ID: 55641
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June 2002Published
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:43
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55641

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