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The Tropics
  • Authored by: Charles F. Gritzner
  • From the Series: Geography of Extreme Environments
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 079109233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9233-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $30.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 01/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 910.913
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 128


This volume introduces readers to the humid tropics, a lush region defined by climate and conditions of temperature and moisture. Insightful text tells how, under natural conditions, the tropical world supports a rich rainforest ecosystem, while tropical areas with poor soils generally support an economy based on low-yield, shifting cultivation. Students will learn about the intriguing high civilizations of antiquity and the Europeans who later colonized most of these environs. The Tropics explains that although the region suffers from political instability and poverty, its problems are not insurmountable—the tropics can prosper if stability and economic development can be achieved.


Full-color photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Charles F. Gritzner won the Gilbert Grosvenor Honors in Geographic Education as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award, both from the Association of American Geographers. South Dakota State University's Distinguished Professor of Geography, he has taught geography at the college level for more than 40 years. He is the author of several Chelsea House titles, and is the series editor for Modern World Nations and Modern World Cultures.

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