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Pedoenvironments of the Mediterranean Countries: Resources and Threats

  • Franco PrevitaliEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 8)

Abstract

The Mediterranean regions possess, besides a great cultural heritage and an advanced economy and technology, remarkable environmental resources, consisting of a variety of soils, landscapes, waters, fauna, and flora. But high anthropic pressure, global warming, the heterogeneity of state interventions, even urbanization and “littoralization”, as well as some rather short-sighted policies, are jeopardizing the quality and conservation of many ecosystems and the productive capacities of soils. In this paper the peculiar properties of the Mediterranean soils and the degradation and consumption processes closely related to anthropic activities and the cycles of erosion are briefly examined.

Keywords

Soils Mediterranean countries Environment Resources Threats 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author is indebted to Prof. Dr. Selim Kapur for his useful and relevant advice and remarks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanoItaly

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