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Across this land : a regional geography of the United States and Canada
Hudson, John C.
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2002]

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xxi, 474 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
ch. 1. Newfoundland and Labrador -- ch. 2. Quebec -- ch. 3. The Maritimes -- ch. 4. New England -- ch. 5. New York and Ontario -- ch. 6. The Middle Atlantic -- ch. 7. The Southern Appalachians -- ch. 8. The interior low plateaus -- ch. 9. The Ozarks and the Ouachitas -- ch. 10. The Southeastern Piedmont and the coastal plain -- ch. 11. The Florida peninsula -- ch. 12. The Gulf coastal plain and the alluvial -- ch. 13. The corn belt -- ch. 14. The lower Great Lakes -- ch. 15. Texas and the southern plains -- ch. 16. The prairie wheat lands -- ch. 17. The southern Rocky Mountains and the high plains -- ch. 18. The Missouri plateau -- ch. 19. The northern Rocky Mountains and the Columbia-Snake Plateau -- ch. 20. The Great Basin -- ch. 21. The Colorado Plateau and the desert southwest -- ch. 22. The upper Great Lakes -- ch. 23. The Canadian shield -- ch. 24. The far north -- ch. 25. The Pacific Northwest -- ch. 26. California -- ch. 27. Hawaii.
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Based on decades of research and written in clear, concise prose by one of the foremost geographers in North America, John C. Hudson's Across This Land is a comprehensive regional geography of the North American continent.

Clearly organized, the book divides the entire United States and Canada into six major regions, then further subdivides them into twelve smaller areas. Hudson emphasizes each region or area's distinguishing place-specific attributes, including--to a larger degree than previous regional geographies--political considerations. In this way, the book tells the story of each region, relying on a brisk narrative that reveals the dynamic processes of their distinctive characteristics.

The first extensive regional geography of the North American continent in over seventy-five years, Hudson's Across This Land will become the standard text in geography courses dealing with Canada and the U.S. as well as a popular reference work for scholars, students, and lay readers.

Author Notes

John C. Hudson is a professor of geography and director of the Program in Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University and the first recipient of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for popular books in American human geography, awarded by the Association of American Geographers

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This geography of North America enumerates, explains, and interweaves the drama of physical circumstance and the labored accomplishment of the human environment. Hudson (geography, Northwestern Univ.) offers a firsthand account in this well-written story of a land and people, enhanced by photographs taken over a 20-year period. The narrative is tied to a series of fascinating and uncluttered maps, which enable readers to relate place and circumstance. Political boundaries are of less significance than those imposed by geologic or environmental agency. Thus, one reads of the prairie wheat lands, the Great Basin, and the Canadian Shield rather than the names of states or provinces. This regional study of the geography of North America is as comprehensive as it is excellent. References accompany each of the 27 chapters. Summing Up: Recommended. All public and academic libraries. G. J. Martin emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Part I Atlantic Canada and Quebec
Chapter 1 Newfoundland and Labrador
Chapter 2 Quebec
Chapter 3 Maritimes
Part II The Northeast
Chapter 4 New England
Chapter 5 New York and Ontario
Chapter 6 The Middle Atlantic
Part III The Upland South
Chapter 7 The Southern Appalachians
Chapter 8 The Interior Low Plateaus
Chapter 9 The Ozarks and the Ouachitas
Part IV The Lowland South
Chapter 10 The Southeastern Piedmont and the Coastal Plain
Chapter 11 The Florida Peninsula
Chapter 12 The Gulf Coastal Plain and the Alluvial
Part V The Middle West
Chapter 13 The Corn Belt
Chapter 14 The Lower Great Lakes
Part VI Prairies and Plains
Chapter 15 Texas and the Southern Plains
Chapter 16 The Prairie Wheat Lands
Part VII The Western Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains
Chapter 17 The Southern Rocky Mountains and the High Plains
Chapter 18 The Missouri Plateau
Part VIII The Intermountain West
Chapter 19 The Northern Rocky Mountains and the Columbia-Snake Plateau
Chapter 20 The Great Basin
Chapter 21 The Colorado Plateau and the Desert Southwest
Part IX The North
Chapter 22 The Upper Great Lakes
Chapter 23 The Canadian Shield
Chapter 24 The Far North
Part X The Pacific Realm
Chapter 25 The Pacific Northwest
Chapter 26 California
Chapter 27 Hawaii