Department of Geography and the Environment

Colloquium: Dr. Arlene Rosen

Fri, October 4, 2013 | CLA 0.128

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Department of Geography and the Environment is pleased to present guest speaker Dr. Arlene Rosen for our Fall 2013 Colloquium series. This event is open to the public. For more information call (512)232-1595 or email Madeline Enos at

The Landscape of Confucius: An historical ecology of landscape changes in central China during the middle to late Holocene 

Geoarchaeological research around the historic center of Qufu in Shandong Province, China revealed a number of Holocene geomorphological cycles of landscape stability and landscape change. These were driven to some extent by the well-documented strengthening of monsoonal systems in the mid-Holocene and weakening of these systems in the late Holocene. However, the most pronounced impact on landscapes and hydrological changes resulted from cycles relating to the rise and fall of complex societies in China, beginning with the spread of rice farming into the drier regions of central China during the Neolithic and the subsequent altering of natural floodplains, the rise of more intensive farming on the interfluves during the Bronze Age and finally the widespread deforestation and catastrophic flooding induced by the political strategies and economic needs of the Han Empire.


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