Project #159198 - Human-Altered Landscapes Research

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/10/2016 06:00 pm

  1. elect a region of the world that we are covering in this class.  Identify a process by which people have physically altered the natural landscape in that region.  Examples of human modification of the landscape include the construction of dams, levees, and canals, the channelization of rivers, the construction of roads, open-pit mining, land conversion such as deforestation or the conversion of agricultural lands into housing, and the draining of wetlands or lakes.  Some specific examples include the interoceanic highway recently built between Brazil and Peru, mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian mountains, the Three Gorges dam in China, and deforestation in Madagascar.  Make sure to write about a case study where people have altered the landscape.  Air pollution due burning fossil fuels, for example, would not be a good choice for this assignment since it is not a process that alters the landscape (however, air pollution may result from a process that altered the landscape).  Remember to write about a particular example or case study that happened or is happening at a specific location.

  2. Write a 2-3 page essay (400-word minimum) about human modification of the physical landscape. You should answer the following questions:
    1. Where and how was the landscape modified by humans
    2. For what purpose?
    3. Is the modification still happening?
    4. What are the environmental impacts or consequences of the modification?
    5. Who benefits?  Who pays?
    6. What are possible solutions to the environmental issues created by the human modification of the landscape and how feasible are they?

  3. Include a map showing the location of where the human alteration of the landscape has taken place.

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