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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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The Bountiful Planet

The Bountiful Planet

Chapter:
(p.109) Chapter 8 The Bountiful Planet
Source:
Earth
Author(s):

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.003.0008

This chapter charts the extent of the human dependence on the Earth's bounty and resources. In so doing the chapter also traces the evolution of human civilization and development through the years, remarking on how the human use of the planet's resources has also evolved over the years, becoming increasingly more refined and sophisticated as humanity progresses. The chapter reflects on how the need for survival had eventually come to shape civilization, if not a resource of its own right—human knowledge and ingenuity—thus creating links between the development of the human species and their interactions with their natural habitat.

Keywords:   human progress, human civilization, human development, resources, Earth, survival, human knowledge

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