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Anthropogenic transformation of the relief of the Aegean Islands

Anthropogenic transformation of the relief of the Aegean Islands Abstract The purpose of this article is to present the role of human impact in the forming and transformation of the relief of the Aegean Islands. The most significant changes (with a displacement of more than 10 bln m 3 of rock material) are related to the creation of road infrastructure and the construction of agricultural terraces. In order to create stone buildings, 20 mln m 3 of rock material was used; for the purposes of air transport a surface area of nearly 2.5 km 2 was levelled; many kilometres of artificial shorelines were created and at least 4.5 mln m 3 of material was displaced for the purposes of the construction of artificial reservoirs of a total capacity of more than 25 mln m 3 . A huge amount of material was removed as a result of mining activities. The indirect impact of economic activities on the relief of the discussed area includes mainly slope, fluvial and coastal processes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Miscellanea Geographica de Gruyter

Anthropogenic transformation of the relief of the Aegean Islands

Miscellanea Geographica , Volume 19 (2) – Jun 1, 2015

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de Gruyter
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ISSN
2084-6118
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2084-6118
DOI
10.1515/mgrsd-2015-0009
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Abstract

Abstract The purpose of this article is to present the role of human impact in the forming and transformation of the relief of the Aegean Islands. The most significant changes (with a displacement of more than 10 bln m 3 of rock material) are related to the creation of road infrastructure and the construction of agricultural terraces. In order to create stone buildings, 20 mln m 3 of rock material was used; for the purposes of air transport a surface area of nearly 2.5 km 2 was levelled; many kilometres of artificial shorelines were created and at least 4.5 mln m 3 of material was displaced for the purposes of the construction of artificial reservoirs of a total capacity of more than 25 mln m 3 . A huge amount of material was removed as a result of mining activities. The indirect impact of economic activities on the relief of the discussed area includes mainly slope, fluvial and coastal processes.

Journal

Miscellanea Geographicade Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2015

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