The Lowland Maya Area

Three Millennia at the Human-Wildland Interface
 
 
Food Products Press,U.S.
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 2. Juli 2008
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 659 Seiten
978-1-56022-970-4 (ISBN)
 
What can we learn from the people of the Maya Lowlands?

Integrating history, biodiversity, ethnobotany, geology, ecology, archaeology, anthropology, and other disciplines, The Lowland Maya Area is a valuable guide to the fascinating relationship between man and his environment in the Yucatán peninsula. This book covers virtually every aspect of the biology and ecology of the Maya Lowlands and the many ways that human beings have interacted with their surroundings in that area for the last three thousand years. You'll learn about newly discovered archaeological evidence of wetland use; the domestication and use of cacao and henequen plants; a biodiversity assessment of a select group of plants, animals, and microorganisms; the area's forgotten cotton, indigo, and wax industries; the ecological history of the Yucatán Peninsula; and much more. This comprehensive book will open your eyes to all that we can learn from the Maya people, who continue to live on their native lands, integrating modern life with their old ways and teaching valuable lessons about human dependence on and management of environmental resources.

The Lowland Maya Area explores: - the impact of hurricanes and fire on local environments
- historic and modern Maya concepts of forests
- the geologic history of the Yucatán
- challenges to preserving Maya architecture
- newly-discovered evidence of fertilizer use among the ancient Maya
- cooperation between locals and researchers that fosters greater knowledge on both sides
- recommendations to help safeguard the future The Lowland Maya Area is an ideal single source for reliable information on the many ecological and social issues of this dynamic area. Providing you with the results of the most recent research into many diverse fields, including traditional ecological knowledge, the difficult transition to capitalism, agave production, and the diversity of insect species, this book will be a valuable addition to your collection.

As the editors of The Lowland Maya Area say in their concluding chapter: ?If we are to gain global perspective from the changing Maya world, it is that understanding space and time is absolutely critical to human persistence.? Understanding how the Maya have interacted with their environment for thousands of years while maintaining biodiversity will help us understand how we too can work for sustainable development in our own environments.
  • Englisch
  • Abingdon
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • 1179 gr
978-1-56022-970-4 (9781560229704)
1560229705 (1560229705)
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- About the Editors
- Contributors
- Foreword
- Acknowledgments
- Part I: Introduction
- Chapter 1. Research Challenges for the Lowland Maya Area: An Introduction
- Part II: The Biological and Physical Environment
- Chapter 2. The Changing Global Environment and the Lowland Maya: Past Patterns and Current Dynamics
- Introduction
- Past Environments and the Yucatán Peninsula
- The El Edén Tropical Seasonal Forest: Current Ecosystem Structure
- Ecosystem Dynamics: Current versus Past
- Current and Projected Environmental Change and the Yucatán Peninsula
- Conclusion
- Chapter 3. In the Beginning: Early Events in the Development of Mesoamerica and the Lowland Maya Area
- Introduction
- Geologic History
- Climatic History
- Vegetational History
- Conclusion
- Chapter 4. Paleolimnological Approaches for Inferring Past Climate Change in the Maya Region: Recent Advances and Methodological Limitations
- Introduction
- Theoretical Basis for Isotope-Based Paleoclimate Studies
- Choosing a Study Site
- Complementary Sediment Proxies
- Results and Discussion
- Chapter 5. Rhythms of Precipitation in the Yucatán Peninsula
- Introduction
- Experimental Details
- Normal Conditions for the Yucatán Peninsula
- Yucatán in the Context of SPI-12 of All Mexico
- Periodicity
- Typical Patterns
- Conclusion
- Chapter 6. Structure and Diversity of the Forests at the El Edén Ecological Reserve
- Introduction
- Study Area
- Methods and Materials
- Results
- Discussion
- Chapter 7. Hydrogeology of the Yucatán Peninsula
- General Geology of the Northern Yucatán Peninsula
- Soils
- Regional Hydrogeology
- Evaporites/Breccia As a Source of Geochemical Tracers
- Coastal Region
- Origin of the Coastal Lagoons
- Other Studies
- Conclusion
- Chapter 8. Depression Soils in the Lowland Tropics of Northwestern Belize: Anthropogenic and Natural Origins
- Introduction
- Environments
- Holocene Human-Environment Relations
- Soils
- Methods
- Soil Findings: Physical and Chemical Characteristics
- Soil Excavations Around La Milpa
- Alluvial Lowlands: Dos Hombres and Sierra de Agua Surveys
- Interpretation: Radiocarbon Dates
- Environmental Change and Bajo Aggradation
- Hypotheses About Soil Profile Deformation
- Conclusion
- Chapter 9. Interaction of Microorganisms with Maya Archaeological Materials
- Introduction
- Microbial Biofilm Formation
- Microbiology of Maya Archaeological Structures
- Material Degradation Process and Analysis
- Effects of Air Pollution
- Preventative Measures
- Conclusion
- Chapter 10. Impacts of Hurricanes on the Forests of Quintana Roo, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
- Introduction
- Hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula
- Methods
- Results
- Discussion
- Part III: Biodiversity
- Chapter 11. The Role of Periphyton in the Regulation and Supply of Nutrients in a Wetland at El Edén, Quintana Roo
- Introduction
- Study Area and Sampling Methods
- Laboratory Methods and Materials
- Results
- Discussion
- Conclusion
- Chapter 12. Distribution and Ecology of Myxomycetes in the Forests of Yucatán
- Introduction
- Study Area
- Methods and Materials
- Results
- Discussion
- Chapter 13. A Preliminary Assessment of the Butterfly Fauna of El Edén Ecological Reserve:
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