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Geoffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336023.001.0001

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The Physiographic Provinces

The Physiographic Provinces

(p.204) 4 The Physiographic Provinces
American Geography and Geographers

Geoffrey Martin

Oxford University Press

Forms of regional differentiation have characterized geography since its inception. Sets of phenomena dominate an area, are characterized according to these phenomena, are named, and are distinguished one from another. When physiographic characteristics are adopted as the chief indicators, each area is named, frequently after those characteristics. These names may be changed over the years as physiographers and geographers perceive the physical environment differently. It is also on the margins of such regions that differences are perceived. Through time, variant dimensions in physiographic provinces have been delineated, providing ever more accurate and greater detail. This chapter reveals the history of the quest by geographers for the location, definition, and character of what have been termed the physiographic provinces in the United States.

Keywords:   physiography, province, anthropography, boundary, committee

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