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The Mountainous West: Explorations in Historical Geography

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Traditional interpretations of the American West have concentrated on the importance of its aridity to the regions cultural evolution and development. But the West is marked by a second fact of physical geography that distinguished it (from the experiences of settlers) from the east. As pioneers struggled with the climate west of the hundredth meridian, they were also confronted by mountains strewn across the region and offering their own set of limitations and opportunities.
 
This volume focuses on these green islands of the Mountainous West that have witnessed patterns of settlement and development distinct from their lowland neighbors. In thirteen essays, the contributors address the mountains by means of five themes: the mountains as barriers to movement, islands of moisture, a zone of concentrated resources, an area of government control, and a restorative sanctuary. The focus ranges from Californias Sierra Nevada to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Utah, and Montana.

Synopsis:

Traditional interpretations of the American West have concentrated on the importance of its aridity to the region's cultural evolution and development. But the West is marked by a second fact of physical geography that distinguished it from the east.

About the Author

William K. Wyckoff is an associate professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. He is the author of The Developers Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape and of articles in many journals, including The California Geographer, Social Science Journal, Geographical Review, and Journal of Historical Geography.
 
Lary M. Dilsaver is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, University of South Alabama. The author, with William Tweed, of Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, he has also written articles in journals such as Geographical Review, Annals of Tourism Research, and Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803297593
Editor:
Wyckoff, William
Editor:
Dilsaver, Lary M.
Editor:
Wyckoff, William
Editor:
Dilsaver, Lary M.
Editor:
Wyckoff, William; Dilsaver, Lary
Author:
Dilsaver, Lary
Author:
Wyckoff, William
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska Paperback
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Historical geography
Subject:
United States - West - General
Subject:
Mountains
Subject:
West
Subject:
West (U.S.) Historical geography.
Subject:
Mountains -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., maps
Pages:
422
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1.28 lb

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