Anthropogenic Biomes

By Adam Brock


In a time when the vast majority of the world’s land area is transformed by the human touch, the classic ecological concept of the biome is somewhat misleading. A couple of professors at the University of Maryland and McGill University in Montreal have made things a little clearer by developing a world map of “anthromes“, showing the Earth’s surface as represented by a couple dozen categories of human land use. It’s worth exploring for a few minutes – I was amazed, for example, at how much of the American west is rangeland, and how uniquely dense India’s settlement pattern is.

via Worldchanging


One thought on “Anthropogenic Biomes

  1. Adrian says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the fact that so few people are talking about presidential candidates and their thoughts on global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

    Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( ) live earth is also asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw a poll on that says people care a lot about what their next leader thinks of global warming. Does anyone know of another poll or other results about this subject?

    Here is the page where I saw the EarthLab poll: This is a pretty legit website; they are endorsed by Al Gore and the alliance for climate protection and they have a carbon footprint calculator. Does anyone have a strong opinion about this like I do? No matter what your political affiliation is or who you vote for this is an important issue for our environment, our economy and for homeland security.

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