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Geology, Environment and Society

K S Valdiya (Author)
Synopsis This book on the applied aspects of environmental geology encapsulates a geologist’s concern that people are selling their future to finance their present. Geology, Environment and Society explores subjects of ecosystem structure; soil and mineral resources and their conservation; hydrogeology and water resources management; terrain evaluation and land0use planning; engineering geology and the application of technology; understanding earth processes and natural hazards, climate change and drought; careful waste disposal methods; and medical geology. The book addresses the problems of environmental security within the context of geological settings and the geodynamic sensitivity of terrains. It suggests measures to mitigate the adverse consequences of tampering with nature’s fine balance. Over 150 detailed and clearly labeled diagrams, photographs, maps and satellite images illustrate these aspects, and are critical to the understanding of these problems. The author draws on both past and contemporary events in India to make the reader familiar with the relationship between people and their natural environment. In doing so, he also highlights the geologist’s role in preserving the earth system so as to ensure a better future for humankind.
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About the author

K S Valdiya

K.S. Valdiya, INSA Golden Jubilee Research Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research at Bangalore, has been a keen and active student of geodynamics of the Himalaya, environmental geology and neotectonics. With more than 45 years of experience as university teacher and researcher, he has authored nearly a hundred research papers, four scores of popular articles (mostly in Hindi) and several books. A recipient of many national awards, including the Bhatnagar Prize (1977) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the L. Rama Rao Gold Medal (1980) of the Geological Society of India, the Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellowship (1982-84) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the D.N. Wadia Medal (1995) of the Indian National Science Academy, the National Mineral Award of Excellence (1997) of the Ministry of Mines, K.S. Valdiya is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the Third World Academy of Sciences and Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America and The Nepal Geological Society.

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Bibliographic information

Title Geology, Environment and Society
Author K S Valdiya
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817371505X
length xi+226p., Maps; References; Tables; Figures; Plates; 25cm.