CU-Boulder GEOG 2412 - Human Transformations of Ecosystems (2 pages)

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Human Transformations of Ecosystems

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Geog 2412 - Environment and Culture
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Recitation Exercise 2 Human Transformations of Ecosystems A Personal Log A major them in this class is how humans have transformed the earth and its environmental systems This exercise turns you into the analysts of this process You goal is to assess a case of the human transformation of the earth by describing anthropogenic changes of a place or ecosystem that you know a neighborhood town a particular acre of land a national park biome etc Do so by providing short answers to 1 Identify the place the earth systems that were changed and describe the baseline conditions e g land cover bio diversity other physical attributes 2 What system attributes were changed e g radiation balance runoff biodiversity how did they change e g reduced biodiversity and what human actions brought about the change Recitation Exercise 4 Continued 3 Which changes were purposeful and which were inadvertent 4 Explain why humans made those changes what were the driving forces the type of economic consumption or other goals that were being met Recitation Discussion topics Would different cultural political and economic systems yield different types of transformations Does ownership regime private vs public matter What about detransformation where people restore wetlands and re introduce species


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