Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title Some Effects of an Economic Base Change on the Land Use of Selected Areas
Author(s) La Perriere, Louis Robert
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1961-12
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geology
Abstract This study was undertaken to interpret some of the effects that an economic base change has on the land use in some selected areas in the United States. Today, because of the rapid growth in some of these areas, land use has been greatly effected by rapid economic base changes. The economic base changes have occurred to satisfy new demands by industry and national defense measures, having been the results of primarily technological advances and new locational land requirements. The base determinations have been acquired or measured in a number of Methods, This measurement indicates direction, rate, and depth of changes of the space economy, which in turn registers the land utilization as a segment of this economy. Four areas were selected to explore the economic base and chart the effect upon the areas that this change caused. Brevard County, Florida; Santa Barbara County, California; Savannah River Area, South Carolina; and the Williston Basin Area in North Dakota comprise these selected areas that incurred a rapid economic base change in the last few years. Brevard and Santa Barbara counties' base change was the result of missile activity, the Savannah River area reflected an ideal site for the location of an atomic plant, and in the Williston Basin area—oil forced the base change. These changes were measured by income, employment, input and output and other means to secure a regional analysis of the areas of study. Within the individual selected study areas, the population impacts indicated the extent of the economic base changes that were in progress. This impact was observed to judge the extent of land use and scope of the economic development in the study areas. From the effect of the base changes, the land use changes were clearly discerned and a foundation was established for future planning and development within the areas. The result of the study indicated that a number of situations occurred that had not previously existed and the normal rate and direction of growth was altered from the growth pattern prior to the population impact. Within the study areas, speculation and exploitation occurred in anticipation of the accelerated growth. Planning was non-existant or ineffectual in the area of rapid growth. Also urban services problems have become a major issue in urban development. It was further discovered that in order to make adequate measurements of the economic base and its change plus the effect on the local economy, more qualitative as well as quantitative information is necessary. Much information is readily accessible, but it may not be in a usable form, Further inquires into base measurements must be accomplished to use an economic base as an adequate measurement of an area.
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