The Sonoran Desert
Its Geography, Economy, and People
Although the significance of geographic regionalism is implicit throughout this study, no attempt is made to show any overriding unity at work, geographical or otherwise, welding together a "desert region." Instead the desert acts as a stage for social drama in which drought and extreme heat provide the essential backcloth. The scarcity of water and man's inability to grow crops without irrigation have not, indeed, changed with time, and only constant reference to this immutable factor can give meaning to the evolution of human activities within the desert.
“Readable, interesting, and well illustrated. Detailed documentation gives the reader an introduction to a wealth of published material which otherwise is difficult to find.”—Quarterly Review of Biology
“A first-rate study, bringing together virtually all of the facets of a large and complex desert region. It is a fine job of geographic presentation—the result of a combination of field study and exhaustive bibliographic research. . . . The writing is interesting and expressive.”—Economic Geography