Item Details

How to Read the American West: A Field Guide

William Wyckoff
Format
Book
Published
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2014]
Language
English
Series
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book
ISBN
9780295993515, 0295993510
Summary
From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit. This innovative field guide includes stories, photographs, maps, and diagrams on a hundred landscape features across the American West. Features are grouped according to type, such as natural landscapes, farms and ranches, places of special cultural identity, and cities and suburbs. Unlike the geographic organization of a traditional guidebook, Wyckoff's field guide draws attention to the connections and the differences between and among places.
Contents
  • Navigating western landscapes: an introduction
  • Nature's fundament : Wide-open spaces ; Mountain and valley topography ; Fault scarps and quake zones ; Layered rocks ; Igneous landscapes ; High country ; Rivers and riparian corridors ; Dry washes and gullies ; Dry lakes ; Coast ; Cloudscapes ; Dust storms and dust devils ; Cacti and Joshua trees ; Sagebrush ; Conifers ; Wildfire ; Exotic and invasive plants ; Wild animals
  • Farms and ranches. Isolated farmsteads ; Cattle ranching ; Dry farming ; Grain elevators ; Field irrigation systems ; Orchards ; Vineyards and wineries ; Farm towns ; Farmworker settlements
  • Landscapes of extraction : Surface mining: gold and copper ; Underground mining: gold, silver, and copper ; Metals milling, processing, and refining ; Mining towns ; Ghost towns ; Logging ; Lumber milling and processing ; Coal ; Oil and natural gas ; Wind and solar
  • Places of special cultural identity : Indian country ; Hispano plaza towns ; Spanish colonial revival architecture ; Latino communities ; Mormon country ; Persisting European communities ; African American neighborhoods ; Japanese internment camps ; Emergent Asian mosaic ; Gay and lesbian neighborhoods ; Countercultural impulses
  • Connections : Historic trails ; Trackside ; Narrow-gauge railroads ; The open road ; Mountain roads ; Bypassed highways ; Interstate landscape ; Electrical grid ; Coastal connections
  • Landscapes of federal largesse : Township-and-range survey system ; International borders ; State lines ; Historic military landscapes ; Modern military spaces ; New Deal ; Federal dams and water projects ; The atomic west ; National parks ; National forests ; BLM lands ; Federal wilderness
  • Cities and suburbs : Urban grid ; City beautiful ; Mega civic landscapes ; Mega consumer landscapes ; City invisible ; California bungalows ; Ranch houses ; Front yards ; Modernist apartment boxes ; Suburban master-planned communities ; Commercial stripes and strip malls ; Edge cities ; Suburban research parks ; Urban-wildland ecotone ; Hillside letters
  • Playgrounds : Dude ranches ; Hot-springs resorts ; Coastal playgrounds ; Lakeside landscapes ; Adventure play ; Hunting and fishing ; Rodeos and roundups ; Ski towns ; Golf courses ; Sexual commerce ; Amenity exurbs ; Gated communities ; Regional arts communities ; Retirement communities ; Snowbird settlements ; Las Vegas
  • Chronology.
Description
xvi, 422 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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