An Introduction to Economic Geography - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER III
LAND FORMS AND SOILS

COMPARISONS BETWEEN LAND FORMS, SOILS, AND CLIMATE
1. Do you suppose that land forms are of greater or less significance than climate in helping to determine the economic possibilities of a region? How about soils?
2. Would you expect to find similar land forms or soils in widely separated parts of the earth?
3. Within a climatic region would you expect to find uniformity or variety in land forms? Why? In soils? Why?
4. If there be variety in land forms and in soils within a climatic region, is the utilization of the land in this region likely to be uniform or varied?
5. Do you think that two widely separated areas of similar land forms, soils, and climate are likely to be used in about the same way? Suppose the areas have similar land forms and soils but different types of climate?
6. From the standpoint of economic geography does it seem desirable to distinguish types of surface features, in somewhat the same way that types of climate have been distinguished?
7. In so far as natural environment has a bearing on economic activities, particularly on cultivation of the land, the grazing industry, the forest industries, and transportation, it is quite evident that both land forms and climate are of prime importance. Within a region throughout which there is a broad similarity of climate there is a tendency toward broad similarity in economic activities; similarly, but in considerably less striking manner, there is a tendency toward uniformity in economic life within a region of uniformity in land forms. In cases where climatic and surface uniformity coincide, there is a stronger likelihood of economic uniformity than in cases where there is diversity of land forms within a climatic region, or diversity of climate within a land-form region. Great care must be exercised in geographic study not to over- emphasize the significance of any one element of the natural environment.

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