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Evidence for the Postconquest Demographic Collapse of the Americas in Historical CO<sub>2</sub> Levels

Faust, Franz Xaver and Gnecco, Cristóbal and Mannstein, Hermann and Stamm, Jörg (2006) Evidence for the Postconquest Demographic Collapse of the Americas in Historical CO<sub>2</sub> Levels. Earth Interactions, 10, pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

This article promotes the hypothesis that the massive demographic collapse of the native populations of the Americas triggered by the European colonization brought about the abandonment of large expanses of agricultural fields soon recovered by forests, which in due turn fixed atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> in significant quantities. This hypothesis is supported by measurements of atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> levels in ice cores from Law Dome, Antarctica. Changing the focus from paleoclimate to global population dynamics and using the same causal chain, the measured drop in historic atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> levels can also be looked upon as further, strong evidence for the postconquest demographic collapse of the Americas.

Document Type:Article
Title:Evidence for the Postconquest Demographic Collapse of the Americas in Historical CO<sub>2</sub> Levels
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Faust, Franz XaverUniv. del Cauca, Popayán, CO, USA
Gnecco, CristóbalUniv. del Cauca, Popayán, CO, USA
Mannstein, HermannUNSPECIFIED
Stamm, JörgECOBAMBOO, Popayán, CO, USA
Date:May 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Earth Interactions
Volume:10
Page Range:pp. 1-14
Status:Published
Keywords:Climate, Forest, Carbon
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Hermann Mannstein
Deposited On:07 Sep 2007
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:19

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