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aerial photograph

aerial photograph  

A photograph taken from an aircraft. In hydrology, false-colour infrared photographs are used to determine the wetness and temperature of soils and to detect springs.
Agriculture and Agricultural Land

Agriculture and Agricultural Land  

The use of land for the production of food, fiber, and fuel is the principal driver of land use and land cover change and, therefore, a key forcing function of ...
Animal Husbandry

Animal Husbandry  

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Concerned not only with ‘domestic animals,’ but also bees and silkworms. Throughout the MA, animals for the most part were allowed to wander free; thus horses, for example, were often ...
baseline study

baseline study  

A description and analysis of the existing conditions and trends in a location or area where some form of change is proposed or likely, such as a change in land use, or the likelihood of air or water ...
conservation

conservation  

The artificial control of ecological relationships in an environment in order to maintain a particular balance among the species present.
contaminated land

contaminated land  

Land burdened with hazardous waste or contaminants dangerous to human health. Generally requires site investigation and remediation. Contaminated land legislation is administered by state ...
desired plant community

desired plant community  

The plant community that best meets the agreed objectives for a particular site, as defined in a land use or management plan.
development control

development control  

A measure by central government to regulate the location of new industry in the UK. See German et al. (2008) Planning 1752.
environmental economics

environmental economics  

A branch of economics that takes into account the current and future monetary costs and benefits of environmental systems, human welfare, and biodiversity. See also cost–benefit analysis, ecological ...
erosion

erosion  

1 The part of the overall process of denudation that includes the physical breaking down, chemical solution and transportation of material.2 Movement of soil and rock material by agents such as ...
food

food  

Any material containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which are required by living organisms in order to obtain energy for growth and maintenance. Heterotrophic organisms, such ...
Food and Agriculture Organization

Food and Agriculture Organization  

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(FAO)A specialized agency of the United Nations with its headquarters in Rome. It is responsible for organizing world agriculture, especially in developing countries, to improve nutrition and avoid ...
irrigation

irrigation  

The process of artificially augmenting the amount of water available to crops. The water may be sprayed directly on to the plants or made available to their root systems through a series of surface ...
land Reclamation

land Reclamation  

As distinct from land clearance, brought under cultivation previously unfarmed land by remedying major deficiencies in the soil's natural structure, drainage, or fertility. Land clearance achieved ...
mining

mining  

The removal of minerals (such as coal, gold, or silver) from the ground. See also area mining, auger mining, contour mining, lode mining, open cast mining, pit mining, placer mining, strip mining.
population explosion

population explosion  

A sudden rapid increase in size of the population of a species or genus. The most violent explosions occur when a species is introduced into a new locality where it finds unexploited resources of ...
remote sensing

remote sensing  

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The gathering of information without actual physical contact with what is being observed. This involves the use of radars, sonars, spectrosocopy, and the use of airborne and satellite photography. ...
resources

resources  

An available supply of something that is valued because it can be used for a particular purpose, usually to satisfy particular human wants or desires. See also aesthetic resource, cultural resource, ...
structure plan

structure plan  

A statutory land use plan agreed by a county planning authority in the UK, which sets out strategic policies for town and country planning within that county. Contrast Local Plan.
urban area

urban area  

A geographical area that constitutes a town or city.

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