A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada: Toward a Sustainable Future

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In this comprehensive new text, Chris Mayda offers an exciting alternative to conventional North American geographies. Throughout her thorough discussion of the physical and human geography of the United States and Canada, the author weaves in the key themes of environment and sustainability. Her inclusive and cohesive narrative highlights not only the diversity and richness of each region but the fundamental connections that link the continent.

In the course of her research, Mayda traveled to every state and province in the United States and Canada, imbuing her writing and photographs with authenticity and immediacy. She traces the problems each region faces but also illuminates the positive actions that Americans and Canadians are taking to position their countries as healthy leaders in the world economy.

Combining incisive analysis, rich description, human stories, and vibrant photographs, this text offers a complete and vivid portrait of the region from human, physical, and cultural perspectives. Designed expressly for ease of teaching and learning, the book features four-color photographs and maps throughout, chapter highlights, key term and place listings for each chapter, discussion questions, and a glossary, plus PowerPoint slides, and a sustainability blog on the book's website: http://everythingisconnectedblog.wordpress.com/.

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Editorial Reviews

Cornelia Butler Flora
This engagingly written and comprehensive book has wide appeal beyond the discipline of geography. Mayda does an outstanding job linking geology, geography, economy, and culture to give a sense of the importance of space and how it is configured for the United States and Canada. By relating the basic environmental differences to historic developments, she shows that physical structures and human collective agency are critical to understanding the past and influencing the future of place. It is a work I will recommend to friends and assign to students with the knowledge that good discussions and positive action will follow.
Craig E. Colten
Chris Mayda uses sustainability to provide an innovative approach to the United States and Canada. By exploring sustainability within the framework of regions, she operates at a scale students will comprehend and infuses each section with current environmental concerns and directions toward solutions.
John Everitt
It's always refreshing to read a book with a new approach to old issues—one that can provide a contemporary student with a different lens to look at environments, landscapes, and peoples. Taking an ecological approach, Chris Mayda highlights the impacts people are having upon processes, landscapes, and regions and the sustainability of these actions over the long haul. Simply but cleverly written, this ambitious text will be valuable for geography majors as well as students across the social sciences.
Warren Hofstra
Chris Mayda writes geography with a conscience. What this book demonstrates is not only that natural environments and human cultures vary in space—the conventional fare of geographers—but that our concerns for sustainability, environmental protection, healthy lives, and social justice are also intricately connected with the places we create on the landscape. Regional economies, societies, political systems and ways of thinking come under close scrutiny here for their threats to the pursuit of happiness in America today as well as their promise for better lives and broader liberties.
Beth Kostecki
Honestly, the first college coursebook that I have actually read cover to cover. I used to think I knew a fair amount about the different areas of the country, but each section of the text helped me take a step back.
George Pomeroy
A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada has great depth, is substantive, focuses on appropriate geographical topics/issues, and the flavor of sustainability is appealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556898
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/2/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Mayda is professor of geography and sustainability at Eastern Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Regions and Ecoregions: An Approach to Sustainable Geography
Chapter 2: The Nonhuman World: Understanding the Limits
Chapter 3: Sustainability: Redefining Progress
Chapter 4: Population and Consumption: Quantity versus Quality
Chapter 5: The Canadian Corridor: A Shift in Core Value
Chapter 6: The North Atlantic Provinces and Northern New England: New Economic Hopes
Chapter 7: Megalopolis: Setting Sustainable Standards
Chapter 8: Appalachia: Trying to Love the Mountains
Chapter 9: South Atlantic: Gentry Tidewater, Hardscrabble Piedmont, and the Northern Invasion of Dixie
Chapter 10: Florida: A Victim of Its Own Geography
Chapter 11: Gulf Coastal Plains and Mississippi Valley: Juxtaposition Squared
Chapter 12: The Ozarks: Unexpected Economic Miracles
Chapter 13: The Midwest: Corn, Cars, Conundrums, and Hope
Chapter 14: The Great Plains and Canadian Prairie: Land of Opportunity, or Where the Buffalo Roam?
Chapter 15: The Rocky Mountains: High in Elevations, Aspirations, and Appreciation
Chapter 16: Intermontane: Baked, Beguiling, and Booming
Chapter 17: Pacific Northwest: Environment as Lifestyle
Chapter 18: Alaska, Pacific Borderlands, and Arctic Boreal Canada: Feeling the Heat
Chapter 19: California: Having It All and Then Some
Chapter 20: Hawai'i: Aloha

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