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Ethical Implications of Carrying Capacity

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dc.contributor.author Hardin, Garrett en_US
dc.contributor.author Baden, John en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:24:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:24:44Z
dc.date.issued 1977 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-10-22 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-10-22 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/85
dc.description.abstract From p. 112: "The carrying capacity of a particular area is defined as the maximum number of a species that can be supported indefinitely by a particular habitat, allowing for seasonal and random changes, without degradation of the environment and without diminishing carrying capacity in the future. There is some redundancy in this definition, but redundancy is better than inadequacy. Using deer as an example, the true carrying capacity of a region must allow for the fact that food is harder to get in winter than in summer and scarcer in drought years than in 'normal years.' If too many head of deer are allowed in the pasture they may overgraze it to such an extent that the ground is laid bare, producing soil erosion followed by less plant growth in subsequent years. Always, by eating the grasses that appeal to them, herbivores selectively favor the weed grasses that are not appealing, thus tending to diminish the carrying capacity for themselves and for their progeny in subsequent years." en_US
dc.publisher W. H. Freeman en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Managing the Commons en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--theory en_US
dc.subject carrying capacity en_US
dc.subject environment--ethics en_US
dc.title Ethical Implications of Carrying Capacity en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 112-125 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc San Francisco en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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