Climate, Environment and Society in the Pacific during the by Patrick D. Nunn

By Patrick D. Nunn

The character of worldwide swap within the Pacific Basin is poorly identified in comparison to different elements of the realm. weather, atmosphere, and Society within the Pacific over the past Millennium describes the weather adjustments that happened within the Pacific over the last millennium and discusses how those alterations managed the large evolution of human societies, usually filtered by means of the results of fixing sea point and storminess on meals availability and interplay. protecting the full interval for the reason that advert 750 within the Pacific, this booklet describes the impacts of weather switch on environments and societies in the course of the Medieval hot interval and the Little Ice Age, targeting the 100-year transition among those - a interval of fast switch often called the advert 1300 occasion. * Discusses the societal results of weather and sea-level swap, in addition to the facts for externally-driven societal switch* Synthsizes how weather switch has pushed environmental switch and societal swap within the Pacific Basin* encompasses a accomplished and up to date survey of the facts for weather, environmental, and societal swap, supported through an entire checklist of references

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1 Crossing the Wallace Line: from Southeast Asia to Australasia It seems reasonable to suppose that increasing dependence on marine foods led to increased interaction with the ocean beyond the reef for humans dwelling in Southeast Asia 30,000–40,000 years ago. Maybe they used watercraft, perhaps bamboo rafts, to carry them out to sea to fish or to reach nearby islands. But however it happened, the evidence suggests that humans crossed the ocean gap from Southeast Asia (Sunda) to Australasia (Sahul) at least 40,000 years ago.

Island societies are distinct from continental societies in many ways, perhaps the two most important being the effects of circumscription (island boundedness) and the challenges of routine (interisland) interactions. Circumscription means that terrestrial (and nearshore marine) resources are visibly finite, especially on smaller islands, and that variability in food supply is likely to result as island populations approach island carrying capacity. Typical responses may be to enhance agricultural productivity, implement resource conservation measures and expand dietary range (Johannes, 1982; Spriggs, 1986; Kaplan and Hill, 1992).

Compared to Southeast Asia, Australia on the other side of the Wallace Line was paradise for the first groups of humans to arrive there. Not only were there no predators to compete with humans for the same foods but the continent was also occupied by a naı¨ve biota, one that had evolved over millions of years in the absence of just such predators. Finding food in such circumstances was easy and quick, leaving H. sapiens time with nothing particular to do – what today we might call leisure. It has been suggested that, as a result, this was the place and the time where a great leap forward in human evolution occurred (Flannery, 1994).

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