The Yearbook presents a diverse collection of articles this year, including submissions highlighting the geography of our region plus an exploration of desertification in China. Editor Jim Craine details this year’s issue:
- Ed Jackiewicz and Olga Govdyak present their research on lifestyle migration in Belize and the effects these amenity-seeking migrants have on the indigenous populations.
- Bowlick et al. use a GIS-based overlap analysis in an attempt to better define the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. The authors present a detailed history of the various definitions of the Palouse over time and, in the end, give us much better clarity and understanding of this important region.
- Warren et al. explore the history of Chinese migrants in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands and, through their historical experience, we get some sense of the Chinese cultural imprint on the landscapes of contemporary Mexico.
- Kim Young-Il, from Dong Busan University in Korea, offers an update on desertification prevention and mitigation in the steppe regions of Fengnig County in the Hebel Province of China. The study looks at how reductions in wind velocity can reduce evaporation rates, thus relieving the pressures of desertification in the region.
- Ron Davidson reviews William Koelsch’s wonderful book, Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past. For many geographers in the United States, our understanding of the discipline often begins with William Morris Davis. Koelsch documents geography’s close relationship with the humanities, particularly “archaeography”—the precise measurement and study of ancient ruins in their topographical and cultural contexts and how that eventually evolved into De La Blache’s French School.
Founded in 1935, the APCG has a rich history of promoting geographical education and research. Its Yearbook includes abstracts of papers from its annual meetings, a selection of full-length peer-reviewed articles, and book reviews.
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