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Glaciers, Nature, Water, and Local Community in Mount Kenya

  • Shows the current state of nature around Mount Kenya, including geology, topography, glaciers, and vegetation

  • Discusses the changes in the natural environment of Mount Kenya and the transformation of local communities

  • Describes the challenges for the natural environments and local communities in the future

Part of the book series: International Perspectives in Geography (IPG, volume 17)

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About this book

This book describes the challenges for the natural environments and local communities in the future. Among the high mountains of Africa, only Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, and the Rwenzori Mountains are still capped with glaciers. The retreating rate of these glaciers has accelerated, and they are expected to disappear in the near future. In the area around Mount Kenya, the precipitation is generally low, such that rainfall cannot stably supply water for farmlands and daily life. It has been revealed that the glacial meltwater has produced springs at the foot of the mountain. It is therefore important to characterize the condition of water sources near Mount Kenya for use by local people. This book discusses the relationships between the actual state of the climate and glacier shrinkage around Mount Kenya, the surrounding vegetation, soil, and water environments, and the lives of the foothill region inhabitants confronting the glacier shrinkage. This book is valuable in the contemporary age, when the assurance of a sustainable relationship between nature and mankind is critical.

Keywords

  • Alpine glacier
  • Mount Kenya
  • Vegetation succession
  • Water environments
  • Local society

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

    Kazuharu Mizuno

  • Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Ecohydrology Research Institute, Aichi, Japan

    Yuya Otani

About the editors

Kazuharu Mizuno is a physical geographer and a professor in the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, Japan, following nearly 20 years as an associate professor of the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University. He graduated from the Department of Geography at Nagoya University and earned his master’s degree in the Graduate School of Environmental Science at Hokkaido University. He obtained his doctoral degree in the Department of Geography, the Graduate School of Science at Tokyo Metropolitan University.

He has researched the vegetation and environments of the Japan Alps and the Daisetsuzan Mountains of Japan; glacial fluctuation and vegetational successions in tropical high mountains (Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, and the Andean Cordillera); natural environments and human activities in the Namib Desert of Namibia; and nature, culture, and society of the Arunachal Pradesh of India. He is a co-author of Himalayan Nature and Tibetan Buddhist Culture in Arunachal Pradesh, India (Springer, 2015).

Yuya Otani is a researcher at the Institute for Water Science, Suntory Global Innovation Center Ltd. His research interests include watershed hydrogeology, stable isotope hydrology, and regional studies. At the Tokyo University of Agriculture, he investigated the effects of chemical fertilizer substances on the sea area using stable isotopes in coral skeletal annual rings at Yoron Island, Kagoshima, Japan.

As his doctoral research at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, he worked on the effects of glacier shrinkage on the water environment surrounding Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro using oxygen and hydrogen stable isotopes and regional surveys. He is a member of the Association of Japanese Geographers and Japan Association for African Studies

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Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-16-7853-0
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Hardcover Book USD 149.99
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