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Volume 59 / Social Sciences


WILLIAM V. DAVIDSON, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

UNLIKE PREVIOUS HLAS VOLUMES, the works herein do not reflect any general trends. Environmental degradation, plant geography, transportation, problems associated with urban growth, and historical cartography are themes that are covered in at least two publications, but no significant topical concentrations appear.

Especially notable is the Spanish translation of Humboldt's 1805 essay, in French, on American plant geography (item #bi 98014647#). The World Wide Fund for Nature's designation of 69 priority areas in Latin America for plant conservation is a nice modern complement (item #bi 98014648#).

For a survey of the most recent interests of US geographers, one might view issues of the Yearbook of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, edited in 1997 by Robinson and Doenges, in 1998 by Keeling and Wiley, in 1999 by Caviedes, in 2000 by Keeling, and in 2001 by Knapp. The issue for 2002 will be renamed the Journal of Latin American Geography. Sites of recent CLAG meetings were Santa Fe, New Mexico (1998), Austin, Texas (2000), and Benicassim, Spain (2001). The CLAG web page, organized efficiently by Robinson at Syracuse University, is available at http://clagonline.org/. Revista Geográfica, the traditional geography outlet from the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, has been rejuvenated under the editorship of Córdova, from Lima.

During the 1990s, four doctoral programs produced at least 10 dissertations on topics in Latin American geography: Louisiana State University (15), The University of Texas-Austin (13), University of California-Berkeley (11) and Syracuse University (11).

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