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Sociedade & Natureza

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Abstract

SOUZA, Tissiana Almeida  and  CUNHA, Cenira Maria Lupinacci. Analysis of physical and environmental attributes of Praia Grande-SP. Soc. nat. [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.2, pp. 303-318. ISSN 1982-4513.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1982-45132012000200010.

The coastal regions are characterized as complex environmental systems with a delicate balance due to the interaction between terrestrial and marine environments. Praia Grande city presents differentiated physical and environmental characteristics due to the presence of Serra do Mar mountain chain and Quaternary Plains. These two systems are very distinct in their singularities but are interconnected through the circulation of matter and energy. Based on the General Theory of Systems, the objective of this study is to analyze the physical and environmental attributes of Praia Grande city in order to evaluate which areas are more vulnerable to the impacts caused by human action. Data for this analysis was obtained through the interpretation of morphometric, geological, pedological, geomorphological and land use data, organized in maps elaborated in 1:50.000 scale.

Keywords : Praia Grande; Coastal or Quaternary Plains; Serra do Mar mountain chain; physical-environmental attributes.

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