Cultural Geographies of Mountains and Ice
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High Places by Denis E. Cosgrove
Book DescriptionHigh mountains, polar expanses, volcanic peaks are exciting and special environments. 13 leading international geographers explore different aspects of these environments - disorientation, exploration, native knowledge, polar research. This is the first book to do this.High places - be they mountain peaks or the vast expanses of the polar latitudes - have always captured the human imagination. Inaccessible, extreme, they are commonly invested with awe and reverence, as places of physical challenge, intense experience. Increasingly, they are also treated as unique locations for science."High Places" explores the fascinating geographies of these special environments, revealing how senses are challenged, objectivities exposed, cultural assumptions laid bare. Whether walking the summit of Pico de Orizaba, the fourth highest volcano in the northern hemisphere; recounting the tale of the American explorer Charles Wilkes, charged with 'immoral mapping' in Antarctica; or exploring the 200,000 year old Greenland ice core; the international contributors reveal the richness and significance of these unique locations. Embracing Europe, Asia, North and Central America, Antarctica and the Arctic, "High Places" will interest geographers, historians of science, and those interested in polar/mountain studies, landscape, culture and environment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845116170
(229mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Denis E. Cosgrove
Geography and Vision, Paperback (April 2008)
Provides a series of personal reflections on the complex connections between seeing, imagining and representing the world geographically. This book contains essays which draw upon pictorial images to explore the varied ways in which the earth, and at times the heavens beyond, have been both imagined and represented as a place of human habitation.
Mappings, Paperback (March 1999)
In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. This title explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered.
Iconography of Landscape, Paperback (September 1989)» View all books by Denis E. Cosgrove
This book, first published in 1988, draws together fourteen scholars from diverse disciplines to explicate the status of landscape as a cultural image.
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Author Biography - Denis E. Cosgrove
The late Denis Cosgrove was Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His recent books include Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World (I.B.Tauris, 2008); Apollo's Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination (2001); and, as editor, Mappings (1999). Veronica della Dora is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Bristol.
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