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p. 585. Living landscapeslocked

  • Andrew Goudie
  •  and Heather Viles


How does the living landscape function? ‘Living landscapes’ investigates how plants and animals are influenced by geomorphy and how geomorphy is influenced by plants and animals. Landscapes are defined by their vegetation, and climate impacts plant life. Plants and animals change and create landforms, for example beaver dams in the USA have changed the appearance of forested areas. The dams are constructed of trees felled by the beavers, and they create ponds that facilitate wildlife, and alter river flows and surrounding habitats. Plants and animals influence Earth processes, speeding them up or slowing them down. Research into these areas is important because it allows us to manage the environment, including biodiversity, more effectively.

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