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Ecology and Environment in the Himalayas

K.S. Gulia (Author)
Synopsis Today environment and ecology are the buzzwords. The pace of development and modernisation has endangered the ecological balance of Himalaya. When the British brought railways in India in the late eighteenth century, the Himalayan jungles were denuded of vast forests cover due to the demand for sleepers. When in early nineteenth century, the Britishers attempted to curb wanton tree-felling, there arose resentment among the people of Garhwal and Kumaon in Uttarakhand. But in later times, those very women folk took to Chipko movement to curb tree-felling. The book gives a multitude of ill-effects of tree-felling ranging from soil-erosion to causing floods in the plains, and depositing silt. The shrinking of various Himalayan glaciers has also created alarm among the global ecologists and environmentalists. Denudation of forests also has been causing landslides and endangering the wildlife. Now the efforts are being made to avert the man-made disaster. This book comes to grips with the magnitude of problem in the entire Himalayan region.
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About the author

K.S. Gulia

Brigadier (dr.) Kuldip Singh Gulia is a noted and active environmentalist.  A Ph.D. in Human Ecology of the Himalayan Ecosystems, he has applied himself into sustained research in various facets of Human Ecology.  His book Human Ecology of Sikkim and Geneses of Disasters, have been widely acclaimed in the intellectual circles for qualitative and analytical excellence.   His research papers on  human ecosystems of the Himalayas and of the Arid Zone of Indian Thar Desert make interesting studies.  The author commanded an infantry Brigade in Gujarat in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 26 January 2001, and was deeply involved in rehabilitating the suffering population in the affected areas.  He successfully commanded his Brigade in Munabas sector of Barmer (Rajasthan) during Operation Parakram.  Having retired from the Army, he is currently Director of the Pratap Group of Public Schools at Karnal.  He is currently working on the Human Ecosystems in the schooling fraternity.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ecology and Environment in the Himalayas
Author K.S. Gulia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.09.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Isha Books
Language: English
isbn 8182054230, 9788182054233
length xiv+374p., Tables; Appendix; Index; 23cm.