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Carl Ortwin Sauer

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Transcript of Carl Ortwin Sauer

Carl Ortwin Sauer
Basic Information
Born December 24, 1889 in Warrenton, Missouri

Studied Geology but shifted to Geography

Graduated in 1915 with a PhD in Geography

Dissertation focused on the Ozark Highlands in Missouri

Died on July 18, 1975 in Berkeley, California


About.com (2014) Carl O. Sauer. Retrieved http://geography.about.com/od/historyofgeography/a/carlsauer.htm

Encyclopædia Britannica (2014) Carl O. Sauer. Retrieved March 4, 2014 from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/525407/Carl-O-Sauer

Kent Mathewson (2009) Carl Sauer and His Critics, pp 9-28. Retreived March 4, 2014 from http://www.academia.edu/231854/Carl_Sauer_and_His_Critics.pdf

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YourDictionary (2010) Carl Ortwin Sauer Facts. Retrieved March 4, 2014 from http://biography.yourdictionary.com/carl-ortwin-sauer
Had many critics of his work, for example his ‘The Morphology of Landscape’

Richard Hartshorne found much of Sauer’s concept of landscape objectionable

Hartshorne saw little value in culture historical themes

The ‘New Cultural Geography' on elite culture and past landscapes

Radical environmentalist stance deemed irrelevant and reactionary


Developed the
"Berkeley School"
of geographic

Worked on
the National Land
Use Committee
for the
Soil Erosion Service

Organized "Man's Role
in Changing the Face
of the Earth"

Retired in 1957
Taught geography
at the
University of Michigan

Accepted a position
at the University
of California, Berkeley

On Geography
Made geography
prominent on the
West Coast and
initiated new ways
of studying it
Stressed the
importance of fieldwork
Interested in many
aspects of geography
Changing opinions
on environmental
Use of resources will
influence the lives of
future generations for
good or evil
How present
landscapes were shaped
over time by people
and natural processes
Human history
as much as
the Earth
Articles focusing on
plant and animal
Series of essays
focused on environmental and economic issues
"Man's Role in
Changing the
Face of the Earth,"
Four novels focusing
on early European
contact with
North America
First paper was an
"outline for fieldwork"
in geography
Most famous work
"The Morphology
of Landscape"
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