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Alisdair Rogers, Noel Castree and Rob Kitchin

in A Dictionary of Human Geography

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199599868
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758065

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An area devoid of human habitation, cultivation, or significant use. The meaning of wilderness has, however, changed through time. Before the 18th century, wilderness was regarded as inhospitable, even dangerous, the abode of wild beasts, and the antithesis of cultivated and civilized land. In more modern times, wilderness describes an area designated as free from human exploitation. Antarctica, for example, was established as a continent in which there would be no permanent human settlement under the terms of a ...

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Subjects: Human Geography

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