By J. Donald Hughes
This paintings presents a concise historical past, from old to fashionable occasions, of the interactions among human societies and the opposite varieties of existence that inhabit our planet. It investigates the ways that environmental alterations, usually the results of human activities, have brought on ancient has a tendency in human societies.
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The human species has mass and dimensions; that there are so many human bodies in the world is an inescapable fact of economic geography. Next, humans are alive in the same way that plants are alive, growing, exerting force, incorporating material from outside, respiring, and reproducing. One can recognize this when one sees a tree and watches it through the seasons and years. We are living things as are lichens and lianas. On yet another level, humans share movement, consciousness, and the experience of the senses with other animals.
When we look at Earth as an entire planet, it does seem to be alive. Time-lapse films taken from artificial satellites show the great cycles of weather systems streaming like the currents of cytoplasm in a cell. The seas also circulate. Geologists have detected a much slower recycling called plate tectonics, in which the renewal of the sea beds, welling up from under the crust and being swallowed millions of years later by subduction back to underworld places of melting heat, moves the continental masses, splitting and joining, in ever-changing patterns.
Page, “Hopi Land Patterns,” in Hopi Indian Agriculture and Food, Flagstaff, AZ, Museum of Northern Arizona, Reprint Series 5, 1954, 8–15. , 1993, 13–15. 54 Ernest Beaglehole, Notes on Hopi Economic Life, Yale University Publications in Anthropology 15, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1937, 33. 55 Maitland Bradfield, The Changing Pattern of Hopi Agriculture, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Occasional Paper 30, 1971, 5. 56 Elsie Clews Parsons, Pueblo Indian Religion, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1939, 198.
An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life (Routledge Studies in Physical Geography and Environment) by J. Donald Hughes