Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 385

Full Length Research Paper

Land uses and human pressure indicators in the Plain of Târgovişte (Romania)

  Gica Pehoiu* and Mihaela Sencovici  
Department of Geography, Faculty of Human Sciences, Valahia University of TârgoviÅŸte, Lt. Stancu Ion Street, no. 35, 130105, TârgoviÅŸte, DâmboviÅ£a County, Romania.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 June 2011
  •  Published: 04 October 2011

Abstract

 

Land uses are closely connected to the favorableness of the natural factors, to their productive potential and to the ameliorative works. In the Plain of TârgoviÅŸte, in time, the structure and geographic repartition of the land uses categories have changed, especially in the sense of the increase of the agricultural areas through the valorization of the weakly productive or non-productive areas, the deforestation of certain areas that were once occupied by orchards and vineyards, and also in the sense of the shrinking of certain areas, due to economic transformations generated mainly by the extension of the constructible areas. Man’s transformative activity has led, on the one hand, to the decrease of the forests’ consistence until they sometimes became clearings - or until there appeared the first herbaceous formations with a secondary character - and also to the modification of the composition on species according to their different resistance to these actions. There occurred changes of the forest soil as well (by flattening, erosion etc), which diminished the infiltration and consequently increased the runoff.

 

Key words: Agricultural lands, non-agricultural lands, agricultural land use, human pressure, land modifications, environment, the Plain of TârgoviÅŸte.