A better half to Mediterranean background provides a wide-ranging assessment of this bright box of historic learn, drawing jointly students from quite a number disciplines to debate the improvement of the quarter from Neolithic occasions to the present.
Provides a precious advent to present debates on Mediterranean historical past and is helping outline the sphere for a brand new generation.
Covers advancements within the Mediterranean global from Neolithic occasions to the trendy era.
Enables fruitful discussion between quite a lot of disciplines, together with background, archaeology, paintings, literature, and anthropology.
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Boulder, CO: High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research. , Tegel, W. and Nicoluss, K. et al. (2011) 2500 years of European climate v ariability and human susceptibility. Science, 331 (6017): 578–582. W. (2005) Environmental history in the Mediterranean world: Cross-disciplinary investigation of cause and effect for degradation and soil erosion. Journal of Archaeological Science, 32: 1773–1800. , Barriendos, M. et al. (2010) 500-year temperature reconstruction in the Mediterranean Basin by means of documentary data and instrumental observations.
Yet every plant community in the Mediterranean had to survive seasonal droughts and months of high temperatures: available moisture and rates of transpiration were the key facts of life for quite dense forests of tall trees, often oaks of various species and firs or pines, or more sparsely wooded, grassy savannas, or the dense low bushes of the heathlands, or the scrubs that grew scattered among rocks and clung low to the ground. Mediterranean vegetation has several methods of dealing with the predictable climatic challenges of 28 paolo squatriti Mediterranean living (summer dormancy, specially-formed and -colored leaves with sunken pores, vast and complex root systems) but there is enough discrepancy between plant behavior and climate to suggest Mediterranean plants got to the area before the arid-summer climate pattern did (Grove and Rackham, 2001: 45).
Some Mediterranean woodlands vanished for good in premodern times. , 2010). Strong Roman demand for construction- and heating-wood around large cities and near mines, especially in the centuries around the year 0, reduced desirable and accessible species, chiefly resinous ones (Harris, 2011). , 1991: 530). The “great clearances” of the high Middle Ages may not have fashioned treeless steppes in the Mediterranean, but they certainly affected tree cover (Durand, 1998: 396–402; Martin, 1990: 317–26).