Book Covering California Geography Gets Updated Edition and New Website

“Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography” is a valuable resource for anyone planning to travel in and around California.

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Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography Book

Rediscovering the Golden State:    .   California Geography, 4th Edition

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the release of the 4th edition of its book “Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography” as well as an updated companion website. The book and website examine California’s diverse landscapes — from the state’s natural systems and cycles, its agriculture and more advanced industries, to its human migration, cultures, and urban planning. Specific updates include:

  • Cutting-edge satellite images and maps, current events, new sources and links that will challenge the reader and invite further exploration.
  • Additional photos and figures, coupled with updated discussions,  highlight important places and concepts while emphasizing recent changes — and new visions of California’s future.
  • Updated stories that illustrate Californians’ resilience through seismic shocks, wildfires, climate change, water crises, altered ecosystems, economic oscillations, demographic and social upheavals, and other changes in the state’s natural and human landscapes.

“We reveal fascinating stories that illustrate how the most diverse landscapes and people in the most diverse state are evolving,” explained William Selby, Professor Emeritus, one of the book’s authors, and a native Californian. “From remote wilderness areas to crowded urban centers, we explore and explain the connections and change that will help you better understand and appreciate this complicated and most powerful state in the U.S.,” he added.

The book’s publisher has traditionally marketed the book for education community. However, “Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography” is also a valuable resource and guide for tourists, geographers, travelers, and businesses interested in visiting California or learning more about it. It’s also helpful for individuals interested in learning about the stories behind the scenes, looking for substance, depth, and detail beyond the traditional tour guide.

Additionally, as national and international visitors and business interests return to California, this website and book can serve as useful resources to enhance their California experiences.

Learn more from the web site or purchase the book Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography 4th Edition at

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