The Effect of Protected Wilderness Spaces on Local Human Population

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2014
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The goal of this project is to analyze the effect that protected wilderness areas have on local human populations through the use of GIS. Using data from Northern Tanzania and from Virginia we hope to discover the degree and kind of difference between these two very different areas. Our current theory based on accounts by people who have traveled in the respective regions is that in Tanzania the protected areas have forced people to move and change their habits and home places whereas in Virginia the protected areas have had a drastically less pronounced effect.

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Wilderness areas, Land use mapping, Tanzania, Virginia
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