Waterfalls, science and aesthetics

Hudson, Brian J. (2013) Waterfalls, science and aesthetics. Journal of Cultural Geography, 30(3), pp. 356-379.

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Waterfalls and rapids are a subject of study by scientists and scholars from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Unlike cave research, known as speleology, which also involves many different disciplines, the study of waterfalls is not generally regarded as a distinct branch of knowledge. Long neglected as subjects of research, waterfalls have received considerable attention since the 1980s. This paper traces the study of waterfalls from the late eighteenth century, a period when both a scientific and an aesthetic interest in landscape developed in Europe, to the present. The work of geographers, geologists and others who studied landforms and landscapes is examined, with particular attention to those who expressed a special interest in waterfalls, notably Alexander von Humboldt. The study argues that the scientific and aesthetic approaches to landscape research are not incompatible and supports the view that both are necessary for a full understanding and appreciation of the environment in which we live.

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ID Code: 65305
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Waterfalls, Landscape research, Science and aesthetics, Humboldt
DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2013.828482
ISSN: 1940-6320
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 JCG Press, Oklahoma State University
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Cultural Geography in 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08873631.2013.828482
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2014 00:18
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 07:00

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