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Elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, shield rocks are exposed in Siberia and in India. In the southern hemisphere, most of central and western Australia are underlain by cratonic rocks and in South America the principal shield areas are in Brazil and Guyana, separated by the Amazon basin. Almost all of Africa is shield, with large blocks of ancient rocks in West Africa, the Congo and Southern Africa, covered in places by younger strata. 2). 2 PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT The structure and morphology of the lithosphere All of these shield areas have a subdued topography, as a result of ongoing erosion over millions of years.
Pittsburgh started in the late 1940s to deal with the pollution associated with the steel industry (Thackrey 1971) and, at about the same time, the state of California introduced laws in a ﬁrst attempt to reduce the pollution associated with the increased use of the automobile (Leighton 1966). In London, England, a major smog episode in the winter of 1952 was so disastrous that it helped to bring about the introduction of a series of Clean Air Acts that were aimed at reducing air pollution (Brimblecombe 1987).
Whatever interpretation is applied to their thoughts on nature and wilderness, by stimulating interest in the natural environment Emerson and Thoreau provided a philosophical base for American environmentalism upon which their contemporaries such as George Perkins Marsh and John Muir were able to build. Marsh trained as a lawyer and became a diplomat, but he was also a self-trained physical geographer who was quick to appreciate the impact of society on nature and natural resources (Lowenthal 2000).
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