Anthropogenic Biomes

By Adam Brock

Anthromes

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

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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 ( http://www.liveearth.org/news.php ) 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 http://www.EarthLab.com 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: http://www.earthlab.com/life.aspx. 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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