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Historical and Future Changes to the Serengeti Ecosystem

Historical and Future Changes to the Serengeti Ecosystem

Chapter:
(p.7) Two Historical and Future Changes to the Serengeti Ecosystem
Source:
Serengeti III
Author(s):
A. R. E. SinclairJ. Grant C. HopcraftHan OlffSimon A. R. MdumaKathleen A. GalvinGregory J. Sharam
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226760353.003.0002

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

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