United States Geography

by Julie Dunbar, Niem Huynh, Ian Muehlenhaus, Alynna Lyon, and Melissa Thom, Editors

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The United States encompasses forests, plains, mountain ranges, deserts, rivers, marshlands, and even Arctic regions and volcanic islands, reflecting an enormous and fascinating geographical diversity that, if studied, can help students to gain a deeper understanding of the places and people of which our country is composed.

United States Geography profiles all 50 U.S. states, providing information on the government, economy, history, and issues of each. Social and political challenges that each state faces as an independent entity, such as immigration, education, housing, unemployment, and management of the economy, are covered, as are places such as museums, symphonies, and naval bases defined by a state's geography and culture.


  • Houses primary and secondary sources including 4,000 images, 525 maps, audio and video recordings, profiles of indigenous peoples and important organizations, acts and laws, and state flags and animals
  • Includes exclusive primary sources such as a collection of journal entries of explorers from the American West accompanied by interactive maps and contextual material
  • Supports student inquiry by analyzing enduring dilemmas such as "What steps should California take to deal with its ongoing water management issues?"; "Under what circumstances is control or eradication of invasive species worth the effort and expense?"; and "Is the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts a good idea for pursuing renewable energy?"
  • Features the CLIOview tool that allows students to make comparisons and graph statistical data at the state level, with more than 65 categories including population growth rates, land use, capital, and more to choose from
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Advisory Board

Julie Dunbar leads ABC-CLIO's electronic program in geography and issues. Alongside her team, she writes, edits, and acquires content for the company's award-winning World Geography, United States Geography, and Issues databases. She has a BA in geography from the University of Colorado and an MFA in writing from Naropa University.

Ian Muehlenhaus is the director of the GIS professional programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota.

Niem Huynh is a veteran educator and research fellow for the American Association of Geographers. She received her PhD in geography from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Melissa Thom is a teacher librarian at Bristow Middle School in Connecticut and a veteran social studies teacher. Ms. Thom has been named a National Geographic Distinguished Teacher of Geography.

Alynna Lyon teaches political science at the University of New Hampshire. She earned her PhD in political science from the University of South Carolina.

Topic Centers


New England
• Connecticut
• Maine
• Massachusetts
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
• Vermont
• Delaware
• Maryland
• New Jersey
• New York
• Pennsylvania
• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Florida
• Georgia
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Virginia
• West Virginia
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Kansas
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• Missouri
• Nebraska
• North Dakota
• Ohio
• South Dakota
• Wisconsin
• Arizona
• New Mexico
• Oklahoma
• Texas
• Alaska
• California
• Colorado
• Hawaii
• Idaho
• Montana
• Nevada
• Oregon
• Utah
• Washington
• Wyoming




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