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Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition

By: Brett McGillivray(Author)

320 pages, illustrations, maps

University of British Columbia Press

Paperback | Apr 2011 | Edition: 3 | #210337 | ISBN-13: 9780774820783
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Why is British Columbia unique within Canada? What forces have made its landscape so rugged, its climate so varied, its population so diverse? Why did settlers come to the region, and what effect has their presence had on First Nations? What prompted so many Asian immigrants to come but then leave for other parts of the country? How have the rich resources of the land been exploited and managed?

In this fully updated edition of a now classic text – Geography of British Columbia – Brett McGillivray adopts primarily a thematic rather than a regional approach to answer these questions. Beginning with a regional overview and introduction to geographic concepts, he moves to discuss the physical processes that produced a spectacular variety of mountains, lakes, fjords, forests, and minerals. His thematic exploration traces the province's historical geography, including First Nations ways of life, colonization, Asian immigration, and the bitter history of institutionalized racism. Detailed accounts of the province's economic geography – forestry, fisheries, metal mining, energy supply and demand, agriculture, water, and tourism – culminate in a discussion of contemporary issues such as urbanization, economic development, and resource management.

This comprehensive introduction to BC's physical and human geography is enhanced by new and updated figures, graphs, and maps and by new discussions, including how globalization, climate change, and recession are influencing the province and its people.



1 British Columbia: A Region of Regions 
2 Physical Processes and Human Implications 
3 Geophysical Hazards: Living with Risks 
4 Modifying the Landscape: The Arrival of Europeans 
5 First Nations and Their Territories: Reclaiming the Land 
6 The Geography of Racism: The Spatial Diffusion of Asians 
7 Resource Management in a Changing Global Economy 
8 Forestry: A Dominant Export Industry in Difficult Times 
9 The Fishing Industry: Managing a Mobile Resource 
10 Metal Mining: The Opening and Closing of Mines 
11 Energy: Supply and Demand 
12 Agriculture: The Land and What Is Produced 
13 Water: An Essential Resource 
14 Tourism: A New and Dynamic Industry 
15 Single-Resource Communities: Fragile Settlements 
16 Urbanization: A Summary of People and Landscapes in Transition 


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Brett McGillivray is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Geography at Capilano University, having taught the geography of British Columbia there for over thirty-six years. He continues to research issues on British Columbia and Canada, present lectures, and facilitate community-to-community meetings.

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