The Physical Geography of El Salvador: A Geophysical and Ecological Approach


Series: Geography and History of the World
BISAC: SCI030000
DOI: 10.52305/ONBX8356

El Salvador is possibly among the most environmentally degraded nations in Latin Americas, or even the Americas. Yet, it is also among the most environmentally dynamic nations in the American region. Situated at the juxtaposition of several spatial phenomena, such as the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Hotspot, the Pacific Ring of Fire and associated volcanoes and earthquakes, the meeting point of hurricanes and tropical storms from both the Pacific and the Atlantic, and numerous environmentally disastrous wars, this nation has endured much change. Recent developments have demonstrated the intelligence of the people and the current government in dealing with these issues, through acknowledgement, empowerment, study and management. The relevant issues have rarely been included in one book. This book takes a critical look at the environmental system of El Salvador, from the integrated perspective of physical geography. Physical geography emphasizes three main clusters: geomorphology (allied to geology and hydrology), climatology (linked to meteorology) and biogeography (manifested as the spatial assessment of ecology). The book argues that this approach is sufficient for the assessment of the main environment issue of El Salvador. The book therefore begins with an introduction to the main complexes of physical geography and relates these to the Central American Region. El Salvador is then examined, from this viewpoint. The book concludes that the situation in El Salvador may improve, through species reintroductions, reforestation, expanded environmental protection, more critical urban development, and better management of natural hazards.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1 The Science of Physical Geography
La Ciencia De La Geografia Fisica
Chapter 2 Geomorphology and Hydrology of El Salvador
Geomorfología y Hidrología De El Salvador
Chapter 3 Climatology and Meteorology of El Salvador
Climatologia y Meteorología De El Salvador
Chapter 4 Biogeography and Ecology of El Salvador
Biogeografia y Ecología De El Salvador
Conclusions: The Future of the Environment of El Salvador
Conclusiones: EL Futuro Del Medio Ambiente De El Salvador


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