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Geography turns out to be useful, certainly invaluable, to survival. every person needs to comprehend the place to discover foodstuff, water, and a spot of leisure, and, within the glossy global, all needs to take some time to make the Earth—our home—habitable. yet a lot present-day geography lacks drama, with its maps and facts, descriptions and research, yet no acts of chivalry, no experience of quest. no longer some time past, notwithstanding, geography was once romantic. Heroic explorers ventured to forbidding environments—oceans, mountains, forests, caves, deserts, polar ice caps—to try out their energy of persistence for purposes they could not totally articulate. Why climb Everest? "Because it's there."

            Yi-Fu Tuan has tested a world acceptance for deepening the sector of geography via interpreting its ethical, common, philosophical, and poetic potentials and implications. In his twenty-second e-book, Romantic Geography, he keeps to interact the wide-ranging principles that experience made him essentially the most influential geographers of our time. during this based meditation, he considers the human tendency—stronger in a few cultures than in others—to veer clear of the center flooring of good judgment to embody the polarized values of sunshine and darkness, low and high, chaos and shape, brain and physique. In so doing, venturesome people can locate salvation in geographies that cater now not a lot to survival wishes (or even to strong, cozy residing) as to the passionate and romantic aspirations in their nature. Romantic Geography is therefore a paean to the human spirit, that could carry us to the heights but additionally plunge us into the abyss.

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