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Transcript of Los Angeles
Smoke from fires set by Native Americans hunting game on the hillsides overlooking San Pedro Bay inspired Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo to name this natural harbor "Bay of Smokes." On October 8, 1542, when Cabrillo noted in his log that the bay "is an excellent harbor and the country is good with many plains and groves of trees," this indented coastline was little more than swampy marshland. It would take more than 450 years to turn this desolate site into one of the largest, busiest and most successful man made harbors in the world.
"From A Desolate Mudflat"
Were the nature and actions of these humans determined by the physical environment they inhabit? Why or why not?
There are those who think that the reason why Los Angeles boomed is due to the early settlers.
If they never showed up, Los Angeles would just be that desolate mudflat to this day.
...But geography is destiny.
The City of Los Angeles is located on the east edge of the Pacific Plate, within the wide transform boundary zone with the North American Plate and near the big bend in the San Andreas fault.
The city has experienced and mitigated the effects of earthquakes on the San Andreas and local faults, floods, fires, droughts, landslides and debris flows.
The natural resources of Los Angeles include vast oil and gas deposits
The Colorado River supplies water to Los Angeles
- Without the San Andreas fault, the city wouldn't be located where it is.
- While the oil and gas deposits have been removed, seepage has occurded causing explosions within the city
-Los Angeles has been aggressive in addressing issues of air, soil, and water pollution control.
- Local souces of drinking water are inadequate to support the population, so importation of drinking water has fueled the city's growth and agriculture.
geography - study of the lands
natural resource - occur naturally within the environment that exist undisturbed by humanity
thrust fault - a break in the Earth's crust across which there has been relative movement
* City-Data.com. (2009). Retrieved from Los Angeles: Geography and Climate: http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-West/Los-Angeles-Geography-and-Climate.html
* Climate of California. (n.d.). Retrieved from Topographic Features: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/narratives/CALIFORNIA.htm
* Hatheway, A. W. (2004). Geoscience World. Retrieved from Geology of Los Angeles, California: http://eeg.geoscienceworld.org/content/13/2/99.abstract
But it is those people who in 1900 made the population grow to more than 102,000 - putting pressure on the city's water supply.
2012 - 3.9 million people
Originally the settlers were drawn to Los Angeles because of the port, but Los Angeles also has some of the biggest, brightest, juiciest and sweetest produce