Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title Enviromental Adaptations In The Western Sheep Industry
Author(s) Griffiths, Thomas M.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1948
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geology
Abstract The study examines the environment in which the sheep industry of the western United States has operated from the time of the industry's introduction by the Spanish culture in the 16th century to the present day. The main emphasis is placed upon two aspects of environmental adaptations first, the changes brought about in the industry by environmental pressures, and second, the modifications which have been made upon the environment by the industry. The specific environmental factors examined include the physical habitat, historical development of the industry, the operational pattern, the public domain, the land use pattern, the political effects of tariffs and subsidies, spatial and locational effects on the economy and marketing process, and modifications in the environment brought on by the pattern and pressure of use. Three primary conclusions are reached: first, the sheep industry has proved to be more adaptable to environĀ¬mental pressures than the other branches of the western livestock industry; second, where the sheep industry has applied pressure to the carrying capacity of the environment, extensive and injurious modifications have resulted;third, as the industry reaches a locational and spatial maturity, it must decrease its pressure upon the environment, make adjustments to competing uses for the environment, and modify its own operational methods in order to keep the environment on a renewable basis.
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