Ecological Integrity: Reclaiming Lost Connections

  • James R. Karr
  • Ellen W. Chu
Part of the Environmental Science and Technology Library book series (ENST, volume 5)


Human history, like evolution itself, has been marked by relative stasis punctuated by periods of rapid change. Harnessing fire, making and using tools and weapons, and inventing the wheel were early mileposts signaling, we are told, an unbounded human ingenuity. These and other innovations allowed humans to tap natural capital and spread virtually throughout the world, living year-round from sea level to mountain tops, from equatorial heat to polar cold. The success of humans in these diverse natural settings resulted directly from the ability to adapt to diverse regional conditions and to develop and modify culture and religion.


Living System Ecological Integrity Water Resource Planning Ecological Health Biological Integrity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Karr
    • 1
  • Ellen W. Chu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Environmental StudiesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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