28/10/20101Impacts of Humans on Ecosystems I:Global Land-Use ChangeGlobal Land Use ChangeENVR200Oct 28,2010What is Land Use?•3500 years ago, Aristotle noted human influence on Humans have transformed the landscape for Millenniathe land due to activities of the preceding millennia.•The plains of Levant (Lebanon) were completely deforested during ca. 2600 BC - 138 AD.•However, land transformation accelerated since the Industrial Revolution.•With population growth, agricultural land greatly expanded mainly at the expense of forests.67ion Old WorldLand use history!2345Cropland Area (Millikm2)New DevelopedNew011700175018001850190019502000Developing(incl. Pac. Devpd.)
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