Imperfect Balance

Imperfect Balance

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Together with experts in a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences--including botany, geology, ecology, geography and archaeology--Lentz investigates the history and effects of human impact on the environment in the New World before the arrival of the Europeans in the late 15th century. An Imperfect Balance offers an objective evaluation of qprecontact eraq land usage, demonstrating that native populations engaged in land management practices not entirely dissimilar to their European counterparts.It is truly remarkable that the massive transformation and building of the landscape was done using simple manual tools ... the chakitaqlla, or Andean footplow, the rawkana, or hoe, and the waqtana, or clodbuster (Quechua terms) ( figure 12.3).

Title:Imperfect Balance
Author:David Lewis Lentz
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2000


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