This edition: Regions and Economies
In an eastern Oregon region geographers refer to as the "marginal interior," technology to harness scarce water resources from local rivers has created an agricultural boom. But the price for increased yields has been a dwindling salmon population. Local Native American tribes and fisheries are working together to find a way to allow both fishing and agriculture to continue in the region. A second case study illustrates the geographic concepts of diffusion, globalization, distance, and accessibility through an examination of what happened when Japanese auto plants began locating in the Midwest during the 1980s and American manufacturers gradually began to adopt Japanese production techniques.