Tropical Pioneers: Human Agency and Ecological Change in the Highlands of Sri Lanka, 1800-1900

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In 1800, the highlands of Sri Lanka had some of the most biologically diverse primary tropical rainforest ecosystems in the world. By 1900, only a few craggy corners and mountain caps had been spared the firestick. Highland villagers, through the extension of slash-and-burn agriculture, and British managers, through the creation of plantations - first of coffee, then cinchona, and finally tea - had removed virtually the entire primary forest cover. Tropical Pioneers documents the conversion of a tropical rainforest biome ...

Tropical Pioneers: Human Agency and Ecological Change in the Highlands of Sri Lanka, 1800-1900 2002, Ohio University Press

ISBN-13: 9780821414279

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