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The Impact of the Prehistoric Polynesians on the Hawaiian Ecosystem

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Item Summary Kirch, Patrick V. 2008-02-08T22:46:00Z 2008-02-08T22:46:00Z 1982-01
dc.identifier.citation Kirch PV. 1982. The impact of the prehistoric Polynesians of the Hawaiian ecosystem. Pac Sci 36(1): 1-14.
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.description.abstract Evidence obtained from archaeological and ancillary studies of paleoenvironment suggests that the prehistoric Polynesians had a far greater impact on the Hawaiian ecosystem than has heretofore been realized. Such impact began with the introduction, by Polynesians, of exotic plants and animals. The cumulative effects of forest clearance and habitat modification through the use of fire led to major changes in lowland ecology. Among the consequences of this transformation of the Hawaiian landscape were the extinction of endemic species, alteration of vegetation communities, and erosion.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai’i Press
dc.title The Impact of the Prehistoric Polynesians on the Hawaiian Ecosystem
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 36, Number 1, 1982

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