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Geophysical Monograph Series



  • Anthropocene
  • climate change
  • socioenvironmental systems
  • collapse
  • resilience
  • cultural transformation

Index Terms

  • 1620 Global Change: Climate dynamics (0429, 3309)
  • 1630 Global Change: Impacts of global change (1225, 4321)
  • 1637 Global Change: Regional climate change (4321)
  • 4323 Natural Hazards: Human impact (1834, 7938)

Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations

Vol. 198, 2012

ISSN: 0065-8448; ISBN: 978-0-87590-488-7

Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations

L. Giosan, D. Q. Fuller, K. Nicoll, R. K. Flad, and P. D. Clift (Eds.)

Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations brings together a collection of studies on the history of complex interrelationships between humans and their environment by integrating Earth science with archeology and anthropology. At a time when climate change, overpopulation, and scarcity of resources are increasingly affecting our ways of life, the lessons of the past provide multiple reference frames that are valuable for informing our future decisions and action plans. Volume highlights include discussions of multiple connotations of the Anthropocene, landscapes as a link between climate and humans, synoptic approaches to explore large-scale cultural patterns, regional studies for contextualizing cultural complexity, and environmental determinism and social theory. Straddling the fields of Earth sciences, anthropology, and archaeology and presenting research from across several continents, Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations will appeal to a wide readership among scientists, scholars, and the public at large.

Citation: Giosan, L., D. Q. Fuller, K. Nicoll, R. K. Flad, and P. D. Clift (Eds.) (2012), Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 198, 226 pp., AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/GM198.

Giosan, Liviu; Fuller, Dorian Q.; Nicoll, Kathleen; Flad, Rowan K.; Clift, Peter D.


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Ruddiman, William F.

Bridging a Disciplinary Gap

pp. 1-10

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Boslough, M.; Nicoll, K.; Holliday, V.; Daulton, T. L.; Meltzer, D.; Pinter, N.; Scott, A. C.; Surovell, T.; Claeys, P.; Gill, J.; Paquay, F.; Marlon, J.; Bartlein, P.; Whitlock, C.; Grayson, D.; Jull, A. J. T.

Arguments and Evidence Against a Younger Dryas Impact Event

pp. 13-26

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Aimers, James J.

Environment and Agency in the Ancient Maya Collapse

pp. 27-33

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Aharon, Paul; Aldridge, David; Hellstrom, John

Rainfall Variability and the Rise and Collapse of the Mississippian Chiefdoms: Evidence From a DeSoto Caverns Stalagmite

pp. 35-41

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Cooper, Jago

Building Resilience in Island Communities: A Paleotempestological Perspective

pp. 43-49

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Draut, Amy E.; Hiza Redsteer, Margaret; Amoroso, Lee

Recent Seasonal Variations in Arid Landscape Cover and Aeolian Sand Mobility, Navajo Nation, Southwestern United States

pp. 51-60

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Gatti, Emma; Oppenheimer, Clive

Utilization of Distal Tephra Records for Understanding Climatic and Environmental Consequences of the Youngest Toba Tuff

pp. 63-73

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Berkelhammer, M.; Sinha, A.; Stott, L.; Cheng, H.; Pausata, F. S. R.; Yoshimura, K.

An Abrupt Shift in the Indian Monsoon 4000 Years Ago

pp. 75-87

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Staubwasser, Michael

Late Holocene Drought Pattern Over West Asia

pp. 89-96

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Maemoku, Hideaki; Shitaoka, Yorinao; Nagatomo, Tsuneto; Yagi, Hiroshi

Geomorphological Constraints on the Ghaggar River Regime During the Mature Harappan Period

pp. 97-106

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Lemmen, Carsten; Khan, Aurangzeb

A Simulation of the Neolithic Transition in the Indus Valley

pp. 107-114

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Riehl, Simone; Pustovoytov, Konstantin; Dornauer, Aron; Sallaberger, Walther

Mid-to-Late Holocene Agricultural System Transformations in the Northern Fertile Crescent: A Review of the Archaeobotanical, Geoarchaeological, and Philological Evidence

pp. 115-136

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Rolett, Barry V.

Late Holocene Evolution of the Fuzhou Basin (Fujian, China) and the Spread of Rice Farming

pp. 137-143

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Panyushkina, Irina P.

Climate-Induced Changes in Population Dynamics of Siberian Scythians (700–250 B.C.)

pp. 145-154

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Nicoll, Kathleen

Geoarchaeological Perspectives on Holocene Climate Change as a Civilizing Factor in the Egyptian Sahara

pp. 157-162

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Berking, Jonas; Körper, Janina; Wagner, Sebastian; Cubasch, Ulrich; Schütt, Brigitta

Heavy Rainfalls in a Desert(ed) City: A Climate-Archaeological Case Study From Sudan

pp. 163-168

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Amorosi, A.; Morelli, A.

The Influence of Transgressive Paleogeography on the Development and Decline of Cardium Pottery Culture (Mediterranean Neolithic)

pp. 171-176

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Thurston, Tina; Plunkett, Gill

A Dynamic Human Socioecology of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Ulster

pp. 177-191

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Force, Eric R.; McFadgen, Bruce G.

Influences of Active Tectonism on Human Development: A Review and Neolithic Example

pp. 195-202

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Baade, J.

Irragric Anthrosols—Artifacts of Human Adaptation to Arid Conditions: Examples From the High Himalaya and the Coastal Desert of Peru

pp. 203-207

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Cadzow, Daniel M.

Hunter-Gatherers, Agriculturalists, and Climate: Insights From a Cross-Disciplinary Review

pp. 209-216

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