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The result is a landmark work that will be of interest to readers across the Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Geography and Environmental Studies.

The Earth in Physical and Social Thought
The earth in physical and social thought
Introduction: Homeland Insecurity

My country is about to be torn apart. I don't mean that metaphorically, in the sense of a social conflict or crisis of national identity. I mean it literally. The land where I grew up is formed at the juncture of the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates, two great crustal slabs that continue to graunch together with what is, in geological terms, unusual haste. This collision along the ‘Alpine Fault’ has thrown up a range of mountains which form the backbone of the largest island. Geologists estimate that these alps have been uplifted by 20,000 metres over the last 12 million years, and only the accompanying speed of erosion has ...

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