Imperfect Balance

Imperfect Balance

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Together with experts in a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences--including botany, geology, ecology, geography and archaeology--Lentz investigates the history and effects of human impact on the environment in the New World before the arrival of the Europeans in the late 15th century. An Imperfect Balance offers an objective evaluation of qprecontact eraq land usage, demonstrating that native populations engaged in land management practices not entirely dissimilar to their European counterparts.... Flint maize, built ridges and hills of soil to drain frost away from the roots, and developed appropriate storage techniques. ... Improvements in fishing technology may have been instrumental in the spread of the first cultivated plant, the native ... 6000- 3000 b.C.) may have attracted increasingly sedentary groups of people to areas where domestication of native seed-bearing plants occurred ( Smith 1992).

Title:Imperfect Balance
Author: David Lewis Lentz
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2000

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