Kenya: A Natural Outlook, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0444595473
  • ISBN-13: 9780444595478
  • DDC: 333.714
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 402 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Kenya is a thriving country in East Africa: its economy is largely based on the natural environment that frames the tourism sector, mainly through safaris and holidays on the coast. The natural environment also underpins the second largest industry: agriculture. Kenya's social, technological, and industrial developments are a reference for many neighboring countries. Kenya plays a leading role in Africa and attracts huge amounts of investments. Furthermore, the humanitarian community has made Nairobi its base for international headquarters and regional offices. This makes Kenya a possible model for development and investment in its widest sense. This book aims at updating the holistic view on Kenya's natural environment and resources. It provides a sound scientific introduction to this country's physical and socioeconomic setting and its evolution through time and will appeal to a broad audience of students – in Kenya and abroad – as well as those working in the development and humanitarian sectors and to international donors looking for a scientific compendium on Kenya's environment. Its structure and references allow the reader to deepen his or her knowledge of every theme touched on in the book.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Natural Resources.
2: General Geology of Kenya.
3: Mineral, Oil and Gas Resources.
4: Relief, Physiography and Drainage.
5: Quaternary Evolution.
6: Climate.
7: Remote Sensing Application Supporting IWRM in Kenya.
8: Surface Flows for People and Wildlife in the Transboundary Mara River Basin.
9: Groundwater Distribution and Aquifer Characteristics in Kenya.
10: Coastal Waters.
11: Renewable Energy Resources in Kenya.
12: Major Soil and Data Types in Kenya.
13: Vegetation.
14: Agricultural Expansion and Its Consequences in the Taita Hills, Kenya.
15: The Importance of Fire Ecology in Protected Areas Management.
16: Importance and Dynamics of the Mangroves in Kenya.
17: Freshwater Ecology of Kenyan Highlands and Lowlands.
18: The Management of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in Kenya.
19: Environmental Impact Assessment in Kenya.
20: Natural Hazards.
21: Seismic Hazard.
22: Overview of Landslide Occurrences in Kenya Causes, Mitigation, and Challenges.
23: Floods in Kenya.
24: Coastal Erosion.
25: Monitoring Drought with the Combined Drought Index in Kenya.
26: Conclusions.