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The Sonoran Desert: Its Geography, Economy, and People
By Roger Dunbier
440 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 1968
Paper (978-0-8165-3520-0) [s]
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Although possessing a common physical heritage, the Sonoran Desert has taken on highly contrasting forms in its American and Mexican portions. This work does not, therefore, attempt a regional study
A discerning regional geography which tells much about a large part of the Mexican Northwest and American Southwest.

—Pacific Historical Review

Readable, interesting, and well illustrated. Detailed documentation gives the reader an introduction to a wealth of published material which otherwise is difficult to find.

—Quarterly Review of Biology

A first-rate study, bringing together virtually all of the facets of a large and complex desert region. It is a fine job of geographic presentation—the result of a combination of field study and exhaustive bibliographic research. . . . The writing is interesting and expressive.

—Economic Geography

in the usual sense of the term, but is rather an examination of disparate economic development, much influenced by contrasting technological achievements as well as the accidents of history.

Although the significance of geographic regionalism is implicit throughout this study, no attempt is made to show any overriding unity at work, geographical or otherwise, welding together a "desert region." Instead the desert acts as a stage for social drama in which drought and extreme heat provide the essential backcloth. The scarcity of water and man's inability to grow crops without irrigation have not, indeed, changed with time, and only constant reference to this immutable factor can give meaning to the evolution of human activities within the desert.

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