More About The Geography of South Dakota

This richly illustrated book, now in its third edition, is the first full-length study in eighty years of the home of Mount Rushmore and more than 700,000 South Dakotans.

Written for the general reader as well as for the student, for the visitor to the state as well as for the native, The Geography of South Dakota is a thorough overview of a land of impressive diversity. To visitors, South Dakota is known as the land of the movie Dances with Wolves and of Indian reservations, of the Black Hills and Gutzon Borglum's Shrine to Democracy, Mount Rushmore; of pheasants, blizzards, the Badlands, the Corn Palace, the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls, and even of Wall Drug.

Yet the state is much more than the images of tourists or its native citizenry. South Dakota's features range from flat lake beds, to vibrant, gently rolling plains, to deeply carved river valleys, to arid step-like tablelands, to complex scenic forested mountains. The climate of South Dakota can yield the nation's hot spot or cold spot on any given day. Powerful blizzards and other storms can sweep across the land, dominating everything in their way.

The state differs from rural to urban, with increasingly larger numbers of the people living in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and the more populous of the 309 municipalities. The Missouri River divides South Dakota into East River and West River, the farming environment of the east from the ranching life of the west. The state varies from agricultural to industrial. Manufacturing, commerce, and service economies are becoming increasingly important and are challenging agriculture's dominance of the state's economy. The greatest concentrations of economic growth are centered in and around the larger communities. Small-town survival continues to depend upon local leadership, hometown loyalties, and time.

Fe w, if any, know the geography of South Dakota as thoroughly as Hogan. His book of 15 chapters is topically not regionally organized, although there is a synoptic chapter on regions near the end. The volume has a lavish assortment of well-selected photographs (some in color), 33 maps (some in color), including a fine map in color of the three physiographic provinces in the state with 13 subdivisions. This book treats both the physical and human aspects of South Dakota, including material on Indian and early European occupance. . ., a very praiseworthy contribution.

-- Journal of Cultural Geography


About the Authors

The author of the first edition of The Geography of South Dakota is Edward Patrick Hogan, professor of geography at South Dakota State University and author of the popular South Dakota, An Illustrated Geography, published in 1991. He has been joined in the writing of the revised edition by his daughter, Erin Hogan Fouberg, who has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an assistant professor of geography at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia.


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