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The experience of waterfalls

Hudson, Brian (2000) The experience of waterfalls. Australian Geographical Studies, 38(1), pp. 71-84.

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Abstract

Landscape beauty has long been a concern of geographers and other scholars, but relatively little work has been done on the aesthetic analysis of specific landscape features such as mountain peaks and waterfalls. In Australia, as in many other parts of the world, waterfalls are popular scenic attractions, and this paper attempts to explain the widespread appeal of these landforms by examining them in the light of theories of landscape aesthetics, from the Picturesque and Sublime to arousal and prospect-refuge. While no single theory offers a complete explanation of our experience of waterfalls, this paper suggests that by using several theoretical approaches to the subject we are more likely to gain a full understanding of the way we respond to these landscape features.

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ID Code: 25976
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Waterfalls, Experience, Arousal Theory, Prospect Refuge Theory, Aesthetic Appeal, The Beautiful, The Sublime, The Picturesque
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8470.00101
ISSN: 1745-5871
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Impacts of Tourism (150601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE (040600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Institute of Australian Geographers.
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2009 16:24
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:52

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