The physiographic provinces of Alaska

Open-File Report 60-146


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The wealth of recently accumulated geographic information on Alaska has made desirable a new classification of the state into physiographic divisions. Most of Alaska is now covered by topographic maps of high quality at scales of 1:63,360 and 1:250,000, prepared by multiplex methods from aerial photography. A classification made now is not likely to err through lack of knowledge of the geography and topography of the state; any changes it requires will reflect matters of judgment and taste, rather than ignorance. The accompanying classification was prepared intermittently between 1949 and 1959; most of the work was done between 1956 and 1959. It is hoped that it will bring about a clearer understanding of the geography of Alaska and will stimulate research into the history of development of Alaskan landforms.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The physiographic provinces of Alaska
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 60-146
DOI 10.3133/ofr60146
Year Published 1960
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 76 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
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