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By Charles F. Gritzner

The U.S. is the world’s third-largest state by way of either dimension and inhabitants, that is one of many world’s such a lot ethnically and socially various. It additionally has the main robust and technologically complicated economic climate on the planet, and its per-capita source of revenue ranks one of the world’s optimum. Its weather is both as wealthy and sundry: even though typically temperate, there are many different climates, together with tropical, arid, and polar. additionally, the country’s terrain varies generally and comprises plains, piedmont, mountains, and deserts. those evidence and masses extra are highlighted in "The United States". This attractive new booklet is full of crowd pleasing good points, similar to full-color pictures and designated maps, making it the appropriate exploration of the folk, tradition, background, geography, atmosphere, financial system, and govt of this multifaceted country.

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Yet these areas are precisely where the great majority of Americans live. Coastal regions, wooded areas, lakeshores, river valleys, and mountains present pleas-­ ing visual landscapes to which people flock, making property values soar. In fact, research has shown that the greater the potential environmental risk, the higher the population density and value of property! Ironically, the nation’s safest areas—the Great Plains and much of the Great Basin—have the lowest population density, the highest ­ out-­migration, and the lowest property values.

This aquifer is being mined at a rate much greater than its recharge. The future of this region depends on either finding an alternative source of water or on developing an economy that is in balance with available water resources. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS Although blessed in many ways by its environmental diversity, the United States is also unique in an unfortunate way: It expe-­ riences a greater variety of natural hazards than does any other country and by a wide margin. Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere all wreak havoc on land and prop-­ erty and often take a toll on human life.

Many eastern rivers are of local importance. Certainly the Hudson River has played a very significant role in the growth of New York City. In the Southeast, the Tennessee, Cumber-­ land, and other rivers were transformed by one of the world’s most massive reclamation projects. Beginning in 1933, during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built nearly 50 dams on this drainage system. Their construc-­ tion spurred the regional economy by creating jobs for tens of thousands of people in one of the nation’s poorest regions.

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