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Man and Environmental Change in South America

  • Hilgard O’Reilly Sternberg
Part of the Monographiæ Biologicæ book series (MOBI, volume 18)

Abstract

A gaping hole at Chuquicamata, in the Atacama desert, provides impressive evidence of man’s efficiency in altering the face of the earth when he applies himself to mining the materials of the crust. I refer, of course, to the Anaconda open pit mine, from which more than 350 million cubic meters of rock have been removed since operations began in 1915. Less spectacular, perhaps, but certainly no less significant as to volume and value of the materials involved, is the stripping of topsoil from the lands of South America, by forces of nature which man has unleashed or aggravated.

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  • Hilgard O’Reilly Sternberg
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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