(Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic)) EBOOK/PDF Î George Perkins Marsh


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  • Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic)
  • George Perkins Marsh
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  • 09 May 2020
  • 9781419160516

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Read Å Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) 104 George Perkins Marsh ´ 4 characters characters Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) There can be no doubt that moisture is given out by trees and evaporated in extremely cold winter weather and unless new fluid were supplied from. In 1864 George Perkins Marsh published Man and Nature the book that was the granddaddy of the modern ecology movement Marsh was the US Minister to Italy and while overseas he visited the sites of many ancient civilizations This was a troubling and mind expanding experience for himWandering through the realms of extinct civilizations he realized that they were all victims of self destruction Marsh saw ancient seaports that were now 30 miles 48 km from the sea He saw ancient places where the old streets were buried beneath 30 feet 9 m of eroded soil He stood in mainland fields 15 miles 24 km from the sea which used to be islandsHe saw the sites of ancient forests formerly covered with three to six feet 1 2 m of soil where nothing but exposed rock remained He learned that the removal of protective trees and vegetation led to the loss of topsoil He learned that irrigation often led to salinization the soil became so salty that it was rendered infertileThere wasn t much left of the formerly healthy ecosystems of the Mediterranean basin or the Fertile Crescent places that once supported large thriving cities With few exceptions the modern population in these ravaged lands was far less than the population two thousand years ago Most of the big ancient cities were either abandoned ghost towns or desolate shadows of their former grandeurIn the realm of the former Roman Empire than half of the lands were deserted desolate or greatly reduced in productivity Forests were gone much topsoil had been lost springs had dried up and rivers had shrunk into brooks Fertile lowlands had become malarial swamps One unforgettable section in the book described in rich detail the arrival of farmers and herders in the French Alps They had been driven into the mountains by population pressure They whacked down the trees and then turned their livestock loose The grazing animals stripped the land of all grass and pulverized the scorched soil with their hoovesWithout forest or grass the land could retain little water When the wet season came the water promptly ran off taking the soil with it Tiny creeks turned into roaring torrents and entire fields and villages were suddenly washed away Some places were reduced to bare bedrock wastelandsFor example The land slip which overwhelmed and covered to the depth of seventy feet the town of Plurs in the valley of the Maira on the night of the 4th of September 1618 sparing not a soul of a population of 2430 inhabitants is one of the most memorable of these catastrophes and the fall of the Rossberg or Rufiberg which destroyed the little town of Goldau in Switzerland and 450 of its people on the 2nd of September 1806 is almost eually celebrated Marsh summed it up It is in general true that the intervention of man has hitherto seemed to insure the final exhaustion ruin and desolation of every province of nature which he has reduced to his dominion The instances are few where a second civilization has flourished upon the ruins of an ancient culture and lands once rendered uninhabitable by human acts or neglect have generally been forever abandoned as hopelessly irreclaimable Marsh was from Vermont where ambitious Americans were working furiously to replace forests with farms and villages with industrial cities There were still vast numbers of passenger pigeons which migrated in flocks so numerous that they were whole days in passing a given point He thought that farmers spurred their numbers by providing them with abundant grain to nibble on and by waging genocide on their natural predators the hawks Farmers hated hawks because they often snatched their chickens without paying for themHe was also amazed by the abundance of salt water fish It does not seem probable that man with all his rapacity and all his enginery will succeed in totally extirpating any salt water fish He could not foresee the arrival of industrial fishing because he could not imagine human foolishness growing to such magnitudeIn Europe he could observe the ruins of many civilizations and note that this was how most experiments in agriculture ended In America he observed the same process in its infancy Marsh was painfully aware that all of the worst mistakes made in the Old World were being imported to America with similar effectsThe destruction of Old World civilizations had taken centuries but Americans had all the latest technology and their ability to ruin the land was far efficient Loggers were busy harvesting lumber in the mountains of New York Hunters were busy driving the passenger pigeons to extinction Farmers were destroying the vast healthy grasslands It was not difficult to accurately predict the conseuences of this madnessThe Western world was out of its mind with Perpetual Growth Fever and everyone cheered for skyrocketing prosperity nothing was wonderful The fever continues to rage today Marsh lamented The fact that of all organic beings man alone is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power He realized that he was living in a world gone mad He could very clearly see a horror show that the rest of society denied and disregardedMarsh was a brilliant outside the box thinker who was fully present in reality He cared about the vitality of the ecosystem than for temporary bursts of prosperity He had a spiritual connection to life He radiated intense common sense He sincerely believed that it would be wise to learn from our mistakes rather than endlessly repeat them He thought that it would be wrong to remain on a path that would inevitably transform America into a wastelandIn 2007 friends in California s redwood country were hammered by floods Loggers who were working upstream vigorously denied that the floods had anything whatsoever to do with their recent clear cuts It was a pure coincidence Amazingly the loggers were not seized by angry mobs and lynched for spewing such colossal lies They got away with their crime because the education system has utterly failed to provide society with a competent understanding of ecology and sustainabilityMarsh did a decent job of providing readers with the ABC s of ecology Many years have passed since the first edition of Man and Nature was published For the most part his book has survived the test of time and remains valid and important But almost no high school or university graduates or their instructors would recognize Marsh s name or be able to intelligently discuss the history of logging agriculture topsoil destruction and the fatal flaws of civilization essential subjects that every citizen should understand in elementary school

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Read Å Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) 104 George Perkins Marsh ´ 4 characters characters Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) The roots by the exercise of some vital function the tree would be exhausted of its juices before winter was over But this is not observed to be t. When a Parisian manufacturer invented the silk hat which soon came into universal use the demand for beaver s fur fell off Thus Parisian fashion affected geography on a distant continent Birds accompanied ships on long voyages for the sake of the offal which is thrown overboard and in such cases it might often happen that they would breed and become naturalized in countries they had not known before The yew became the favored wood for the English archer because the closeness and fineness of grain gave it the best elasticity A US sugar maple two feet in diameter will produce 20 gallons of sap each sugar season George Marsh s ink he wrote this book with came from a gallnut produced by a Syrian oak Iron gall ink was the standard ink formulation used in Europe for the fourteen hundred year period between the 5th and 19th centuries remained in widespread use well into the 20th century and is still sold today Gallotannic acid used to make it was usually extracted from oak galls or galls of other trees hence the nameBooks critical of civilization and the development of agriculture often mention George PMarsh as somehow a forerunner of the field so I thought I d take a look at his writings This book doesn t really explain why George is a polymath and his comments don t sound particularly radical or anti civ The strongest comment I found was I have spoken of the needs of agriculture as a principal cause of the destruction of the forest Not exactly the firebrand rhetoric that would jumpstart the environmental movement this book I would categorize as the writings of an ardent naturalistInstead of this book I would far higher recommend the terrific Changes in the Land Indians Colonists and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon

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Read Å Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) 104 George Perkins Marsh ´ 4 characters characters Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) He fact and though the point is disputed respectable authorities declare that wood felled in the depth of winter is the heaviest and fullest of sa. Vermont native gives a prescient explanation and analysis of the natural world and the physical ecological and philosophical effects of man s civilization on its health and continued vitality Way ahead of his time


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    (Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic)) EBOOK/PDF Î George Perkins Marsh As soon as multiplying man had filled the open grounds along the margin of the rivers the lakes and the sea and sufficiently peopled the natural meadows and savannas of the interior where such existedhe could find room for expansion and further growth only by the removal of a portion of the forest that hemmed him in The destruction of the woods then was man's first geographical conuest his first violation of the harmonies of inan

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    characters Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic) (Man and Nature (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classic)) EBOOK/PDF Î George Perkins Marsh Man and Nature was first published in 1864 so some of its ecological ideas are understandably dated Yet Marsh’s prose is enjoyable especially the footnotes and his concern with “the extent of the changes produced by human action in the physical conditions of the globe we inhabit” 3 was prescient

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