British Columbia: The Pacific Province. Geographical Essays

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British Columbia: The Pacific Province. Geographical Essays


Atkinson, Ken, British Journal of Canadian Studies


Colin J.B. Wood (ed.), British Columbia: The Pacific Province. Geographical Essays, Canadian Western Geographical Series, vol. 36 (Victoria, BC: Western Geographical Press, 2001), xvii + 358pp. Paper. ISBN 0-9198-3826-X.

We all want to learn more about British Columbia. It is a province with immense appeal, to Canadians, to Canadianists abroad and to foreign visitors alike. Any major geography book on the province, as this is, must therefore have a headstart in the popularity stakes.

This volume of essays is an update of volume 22 of the Western Geographical Series, British Columbia: Its Resources and People (1987), edited by C.N. Forward. It contains 19 essays on themes from physical and human geography, compared to the 18 of the 1987 volume. Gone are chapters on Population and Ethnic Groups, the Urban System, and Single Enterprise Communities. New chapters are presented on Geopolitical Development, Geography and Treaty Negotiations, Spatial Economy, and Land Use Planning. The chapter titles are: Introduction, Mapping the Province, Landforms and Natural Hazards, Climate, Water Resources, Vegetation, Geopolitical Development, Geography and Treaty Negotiations, Chinese, Spatial Economy, Land Recreation, Tourism, Land Use Planning, Mineral Development, Energy, Forestry, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Marine Conservation. From this listing, it will be clear that this is a most comprehensive coverage. As such, the book will provide an indispensable reference for students and researchers into the geography of bc, and also for scholars in a range of environmental sciences, as well as those working on historical, social and economic aspects of the province, for some time to come.

Inevitably in a book of this scope and size, the quality of the chapters is variable. …

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