An outline of American geography

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Автор:Колектив
Издателство:United States Information Agency
Страници:132
Корици:меки
Година:1990
Броя:1
ISBN: Тегло (гр.): Формат: 130 / 200 Състояние: Мн. добро
An outline of American geography

Of the many inquiries that are received by the United States Information Service, Embassy of the United States of America, a large proportion are concerned with American geography. Through words and photographs, this book gives the reader a partial picture of the nation, telling about some of the ways Americans have used their land and their resources. This is in no sense definitive account; each of the aspects treated here within the space of a few pages has been the subject of many in-depth studies. On pages 129-131 are listed the titles of a few of the many volumes available for more thorough research. It is hoped that this introduction to the subject of American geography will add to the store of shared knowledge and mutual understanding between those who read it and the people of the United States.

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CONTENTS
5 INTRODUCTION
7 PANORAMIC VIEW
21 THE NORTHEAST
35 THE CENTRAL BASIN
51 THE SOUTHEAST
69 THE GREAT PLAINS
81 THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS
99 THE WEST COAST VALLEYS
113 THE NEWEST STATES
124 THE NATION UNITED

The text of this revised volume was prepared by Dr. Earl N. Mittleman, formerly of New York University and now a writer for the United States Government.

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This book is about the geography of the United States. And although we look at the country's physical geography, our central interest is not landforms, climate, soils, or vegetation but the human imprint on the landscape.

This does not mean that the physical environment is ignored. In fact, in some instances it holds a central role since the physical environment often plays a significant role in the pattern of people's activities. One factor in the importance of New York City is certainly its location on one of the world's finest natural harbors. Southern Florida's long growing season and mild winters enable it to be a leader in the production of oranges, lemons, and sugarcane.

Still, Florida's mild climate does not automatically mean that it will be a supplier of oranges, and New York City's harbor is only one of many important reasons for the city's growth. The physical environment helps define human opportunities, but it does not in itself determine human activities. In general, the more advanced the level of technology, the greater the leeway a population has in dealing with the land.

It is obviously impossible to cover all the material that might fit into a geography of the United States. We have therefore chosen to divide the country into a number of areas, each of which has a special identity developed out of several interacting elements. We use these elements to form the themes around which each regional chapter is organized.

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