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    Burning Table Mountain: discussing the history of fire at the Cape, and contemporary fires

    Pooley, Simon (2015) Burning Table Mountain: discussing the history of fire at the Cape, and contemporary fires. Primedia Broadcasting.

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    Abstract

    Interview with John Maytham, The John Maytham Show. " Simon is an environmental historian embedded as a Research Fellow in the Imperial College Conservation Science research group. He’s extensively researched and now written a book entitled Burning Table Mountain which chronicles the mountain eco system’s need for fire, as it is life and the conflict it poses for the urban sprawl that surrounds it. Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain and the surrounding peninsula has been a crucible for attempts to integrate the social and ecological dimensions of wild fire. This environmental history of humans and wildfire outlines these interactions from the practices of Khoikhoi herders to the conflagrations of January 2000. The region's unique, famously diverse fynbos vegetation has been transformed since European colonial settlement, through urbanisation and biological modifications, both intentional (forestry) and unintentional (biological invasions). In all the diverse visions people have formed for Table Mountain, aesthetic and utilitarian, fire has been regarded as a central problem. This book shows how scientific understandings of fire in fynbos developed slowly in the face of strong prejudices. Human impacts were intensified in the twentieth century, which provides the temporal focus for the book. The disjunctures between popular perception, expert knowledge, policy and management are explored, and the book supplements existing short-term scientific data with proxies on fire incidence trends recovered from historical records."

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    Item Type: Other
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 15:27
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 15:27
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23899

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