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Historical and Future Changes to the Serengeti Ecosystem

A. R. E. Sinclair, J. Grant C. Hopcraft, Han Olff, Simon A. R. Mduma, Kathleen A. Galvin and Gregory J. Sharam

in Serengeti III

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226760339
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226760353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226760353.003.0002
Historical and Future Changes to the Serengeti Ecosystem

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This chapter discusses recent historical changes in the Serengeti ecosystem and possible future changes. It sets the scene for the later analysis and modeling of the human-nature interactions. First, it describes the Serengeti in terms of geography, climate, soils, habitats, and animals, and places it in the human context of surrounding tribes and the larger region. Second, it gives an overview of available information on the ecosystem. Third, it outlines the various changes to the system that are either currently occurring or are expected in the future. These are treated as experimental perturbations, with which to alter the models in later chapters. These changes are described, and why and how they may occur.

Keywords: Serengeti ecosystem; human-nature interactions; geography

Chapter.  12777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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