Mountain geography - a new approach.

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The geographic study of mountains has marked time since the 1930s. The reasons for this are: 1) neglect of the regional approach in geography 2) lack of clarity in determining the study unit, which has affected the authenticity of different research and which does not permit comparisons. This paper proposes a model for the study of mountains which does not view the mountain as a monolithic structure. The mountain is presented here as being made up of three zones (belts) with a socio-economic basis: an upper belt, normally snowbound an intermediate level, consisting of forest and pasturelands and a lower belt with intensive and extensive agriculture and infiltration of urban elements from the plain below. With the aid of the generic regional approach, each of these divisions can be studied throughout the world and conclusions can be reached on the general characteristics of each.-Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-398
Number of pages8
JournalMountain Research and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Development
  • Environmental Science (all)


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