Operational Landscapes of Primary Production in the American Midwest

Authors: Nikolaos Katsikis*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Agricultural Geography, Landscape
Keywords: Planetary Urbanization, Operational Landscapes, Agriculture
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
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The project aims to investigate a particular expression of processes of extended urbanization in highly specialized landscapes of primary production (such as agriculture, forestry, mining), which are central to the sociometabolic interdependencies of planetary urbanization. This research investigates one case of an operational landscape of primary production, one that showcases in a significant and even extreme degree the aforementioned role, characteristics, and tendencies. It focuses on the specialized agricultural landscapes of the American Midwest, and in particular on the corn producing zone known as the corn-belt, an area roughly encompassing parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan, western Ohio, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, and southern Minnesota, with a more particular focus on the western part of the state of Iowa.

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