The State of the World's Mountains

Posted: 14 May 2008

Author: Peter B. Stone (editor)
Zed Books, London, 1992


At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, mountains finally came to the fore on the global stage. This book was one of the key reasons. It provides an overview of key issues in many of the world's mountain regions. Though uneven in its approach and geographical coverage, and now somewhat dated, it remains a key reference.

The mountain regions covered in the book are the Alps, the Andes, the African mountains, the Himalaya, the mountains of the former Soviet Union, and the Appalachians. Other mountain ranges are covered more briefly, and there are also short chapters on protected areas and climate change.

Reviewer: Martin Price

Reviewer Info: Compiled by Dr Martin Price, Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, within Scotland's UHI Millennium Institute, 'creating the University of the Highlands and Islands'.