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Caribbean Landscapes
An Interpretive Atlas
Timothy S. Brothers, Jeffrey S. Wilson and Owen P. Dwyer
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A major new reference, this full-color work is a selective introduction to the diversity of Caribbean landscapes, showing underlying patterns without overlooking the uniqueness of individual places. Combining scholarship and expertise in remote-sensing technologies, cartography, photography, and fieldwork, this team of geographers from the University of Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis presents a taxonomy of Caribbean environments. Not an atlas in the usual sense of an island-by-island survey, this work takes a more thematic and comparative approach, emphasizing the links that unite the islands as well as the traits that distinguish them. Where possible, the authors examine the same landscape at different scales, stepping down from high-resolution satellite images through to ground photos, setting local landscapes in context and humanizing the the satellite's perspective.

Following a clear introduction to the region and methodology, Part I considers the general theme of Natural Landscapes through chapters on Caribbean terrain, land, and marine features across islands and natural hazards of the region. Part II looks at Human Landscapes as they have developed in rural, urban, political, industrial, and tourist environments.

The atlas features environments important to contemporary Caribbean geography, such as the contrasts of the Haitian-Dominican border, the impact of the 1958 revolution and Gauntanamo Naval Base on Cuba, the enduring landscapes of colonialism, the transformations of Vieques Islandm the effects of floods on the island of Hispaniola and volcanic eruptions on Montserrat, and tracing the sprawl that is Santo Domingo.

As an introduction to Caribbean landscape diversity, this atlas is intended for a broad range of users. Essays are informed and straightforward, written by field experts with a minimum of jargon and the careful definition of geographical terms.

Catalog #: CSP4591
August, 2008, Caribbean Studies Press. Catalog Number: CSP4591, 249pp, full color throughout, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-459-1
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