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Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 2010
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Collaborating long-distance via Internet over the past six years, Tony Burton and Richard Rhoda have put together the most comprehensive resource of Mexico geography ever published. "Geo-Mexico, the Geography and Dynamics of Modern Mexico" is now on the market in sync with a milestone year in the country's history. Mexico is home to planet earth's largest natural crystals, its deepest water-filed sink hole, and second richest man, telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim. The country ranks first in the world for diversity of reptile species and the incidence of diabetes, while placing second only to the United States in the consumption of soft drinks. Those are just a few of the juicy factual tidbits curious readers will pick up on the pages of the timely and engaging tome compiled by Ajijic-based geographer Richard Rhoda and colleague Tony Burton, a former lakeside resident who now makes his home in Ladysmith, British Columbia. The book goes far beyond describing the physical characteristics of the country, exploring sociological, economic, political and cultural landscapes as well to comprise the most comprehensive geographical study of the republic ever published in English. Laymen and scholars alike will appreciate the straightforward, seamless, reader-friendly writing style and the enhancement of information with more than 150 maps, graphs, diagrams and highlighted textboxes. Presented in 31 easily digestible chapters, the text delves into tha land s past, present and future with keen analysis that provides a clear understanding of Mexico in a global context. The concept for the book originated from a lecture series on Mexican geography Rhoda put together for the Lake Chapala Society in 2004. From his original idea of putting his lecture notes into a printed form, the project evolved into a six year research, writing and publishing endeavor. Burton s involvement came about as Rhoda was looking into avenues for getting his work into print. He pulled a copy of Burton's "Western Mexico: A Traveller's Treasury" off his bookshelf and learned that the self-published author was a fellow geographer. He contacted Burton to seek advice on how to get the work published, but finding common ground, soon saw the project turn into a collaborative effort. It turns out that Burton had a similar idea floating in the back of his head that came from his struggles to find a single, solid resource in the early 1980 s when he was teaching a college level course on subject in Mexico City. Frustrated by the need to assemble teaching materials from diverse sources, he yearned to fill the gap, but saw it as a gargantuan task he could only conceive of undertaking in retirement. After an initial exchange of ideas, the two men promptly developed an easy-going working relationship, complementing one another perfectly in their divergent areas of expertise. Rhoda wrote a first draft and then Burton kicked in on editing, fleshing out the content, and putting together the graphics. The end product is a stunning accomplishment, intentionally timed to coincide with Mexico s Independence bicentenary and Revolution centenary milestone. It is a must-have item for any Mexicophile's bookcase --Dale Pafrey for The Guadalajara Reporter
About the Author
Tony Burton is an educator and independent researcher who has authored two previous books about Mexico and published widely on Mexico s economy, geography, tourism and environmental issues. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he edited the Lloyd Mexican Economic Report for twelve years and for six years was Chief Examiner in Geography for the International Baccalaureate Organization.
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Top Customer Reviews
peaked my non-academic curiosity. Gender inequalities, slavery, HIV-AIDS, happiness, freedom, crime, quality of life, the Green Revolution, fertility rates, life expectancy - are just a few issues of interest presented, compared, and clearly illustrated with charts and graphs. Every time I pick it up I find something else intriguing to investigate.
I keep learning more, and being startled by the correlations between Mexico's geography and its politics, religion, economics, commerce and even tourism patterns.
It's often said that biology is destiny, but possibly to an even greater extent, a country's geography shapes its destiny. Mexico is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, with vast deserts, rain forests, jungles, high plateaus, volcanic belts, and coastlines.
It's the 14th largest country in the world and ranks 11th in population and economy ($1.58 trillion USD a year). Three fourths of the country is higher than a thousand meters altitude (3,300 feet).
Some 85% of the population lives in these higher regions (half the population lives in a band across the middle of Mexico from Veracruz to Guadalajara), largely in a giant central plateau that could be called high desert.
Yet the country has 30 inches of rainfall a year overall, more than the averages for Canada and the US. Only 3% of that rainfall seeps down to replenish its aquifers. Some 44% of the country is severely water stressed.
Mexicans use 1,441 cubic meters of water a year for all purposes, while the US uses 2,483 cubic meters a person. Water shortages and patterns are one huge factor that has shaped Mexico, even to its reliance on corn as its main food product throughout history since corn requires less water than many other food sources.Read more ›
Having lived in southern California for many years, our families' and friends' concerns about earthquakes were exacerbated by the recent 7.2 earthquake near Mexicali. However, Chapter Two - which delves right into earthquakes and volcanoes - answered them, explaining that the majority of Mexico's quakes occur on or near the Pacific Coast where the North American Plate rubs against the Rivera, Orozco, and Cocos Plates, far away from the central highlands in which San Miguel is located.
I had studiously avoided geography classes over the years (believing them to consist of memorizing the names of rivers and mountains - how boring!) but Richard and Tony have created a book that reads easily even for non-geographical types like myself and covers many topics that one might think fall outside the strictly geological. The importance of geography in determining Mexico's past, present, and future in a world context is clearly and succinctly made a part of the development of many areas of Mexican life. As another reader has noted, "His writing has always been filled with fun facts that make your understanding of Mexico go `click' as it starts to all fit together."
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If you love Mexico, this is the book for you! Current and up-to-date in all ways. Highly recommended.Published on June 13, 2010 by Jerry K. Shepard
Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico
"Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico"
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