Michael Peterson



These pictures were used in the “The Online Method to World Regional Geography” book.


A market scene in Papantla, Mexico

Papantla, Mexico, is located north of Vera Cruz along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  A Totonac Indian in traditional white cotton attire looks over the market.  Visiting the market from the countryside, this man stands in sharp contrast with the couple in the more westernized clothing selling food in the foreground.  Galvanized metal roofing in the background protects the market stalls from rain.  The hill behind the market is characterized by tropical vegetation.  The Totonac were the first natives that Cortés met on landing in Mexico in 1519.  The modern Totonac are industrious farmers.  The major crop in the hills around Papantla is the vanilla bean.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


Brigham City Tabernacle, Brigham City, Utah

One of the finest examples of 19th century Mormon architecture.  The city of Brigham Young was founded at the 1853 Mormon general conference when church president Brigham Young directed an apostle in the church to take 50 families to the area and develop a cooperative system in which the community would become self-sufficient.   Most early settlers were Mormon converts from

Denmark.  In 1865, Brigham Young directed community leaders to build a tabernacle.  The cornerstones were laid in 1865. The first meeting in the partially completed building took place in 1879.  The tabernacle wasn't finished until 1890, a full 25 years after it was begun.  In 1971, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The tabernacle is an impressive artifact of the Mormon cultural region.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain

In the mountains north of Madrid is the small city of Segovia. It is famous for the tall, two-tiered aqueduct that cuts across the city center.  Begun around 50 A.D., the aqueduct is one of the greatest surviving monuments of Roman engineering, The total length is about 2,950 feet, and it is constructed of rough‑hewn massive granite blocks that are joined without mortar or clamps. The aqueduct was built to carry water from the nearby mountains to the city and is an enduring monument to the influence of Roman civilization.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


Mennonite Market near Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Mennonites speak an 18th century German language and distinguish themselves from the local community by dressing in old-fashioned clothes. Rules vary among Mennonite groups, but most prohibit smoking, drinking, attending parties or dancing. Most groups, like the Amish, forbid the use of cars or any type of modern machinery.  Some groups permit cars, but they must be black in color. The Mennonites attend their own schools and many have left the

United States for countries that have fewer controls on private schooling.   Here, a Mennonite girl selling vegetables and apples waits for customers.  Behind her is a horse-drawn buggy.  Kitchener is located about 70 miles west of Toronto and 45 miles north of Hamilton. Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


A father and daughter eating take-out meals from MacDonald's in a park in Guangzhou, China

MacDonald's has 23,500 restaurants in 113 countries, including over 500 in China as of 2002, an increase from only 184 restaurants in 1997. The country represents one of MacDonald's fastest growing markets, and the company plans on adding over 100 restaurants every year.  It has been argued that fast-food restaurants are helping to create a homogenous worldwide food culture.  The pair in this photo has become part of that culture, although the daughter seems more interested in the food than the father.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.



A hillside and mountain valley above Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

One of the most spectacular glacial valleys in Europe.  Characterized by many waterfalls, the valley lies just south of Interlaaken.  Farmhouses dot the slope in the foreground.  Wengen, a nearby skiing village, is a major destination during the winter months. 

Switzerland has been recognized as a neutral country since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.  This neutrality has been furthered by a strong defense.  The mountains of Switzerland are a part of that defense system.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.

A salesman at a market in San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala

The weekly market in this Mayan village in the western highlands of Guatemala bring salesmen from the city.  The "snake oil" salesman pictured here in sunglasses is pointing to a list that explains the benefits of his elixir.  A crowd gathers around to hear the man give his animated presentation.  The people in this remote village north of Guatemala City still speak a Mayan language, although the salesmen speaks Spanish.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


Sheep dot a pasture in Tasmania, Australia

The country of Australia with 20 million people, has over 120 million sheep and is the world's leading producer of wool.  Over 4 million of these sheep are on the small island of Tasmania, with a human population of just over 450,000.  The wool grown in Tasmania is of a very high quality.  The Merino is the most common breed in Australia.  It has been specifically bred so that its skin is much larger than it's body, with many folds, thus producing more wool.  Each animal produces an average of 4.2 kg (9.25 lbs) of wool a year.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


The city of Casares in the southern province of Andalucia in Spain

The city is located in the mountains of southeastern Spain just 15 km from the coast and 100 km from Gibraltar.  The white buildings are an indication of the region's Moorish past. The buildings were built many centuries ago by the Moors, who came from the Middle East and established communities in areas that were difficult to invade.  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.



The following was used in the book as an example of a poorly written caption

In the heart of Australia lie three unusual rock formations. These rock formations are called monoliths, and Ayers Rock is the most famous one. If you are fit, you can climb to the top of Ayers Rock. The reward is a view of the endless flat desert landscape interrupted only by the other two monoliths, Mt. Conner on one horizon and the Olgas on the other. There are also many caves to explore at the base of the rock, and if you happen to see the Ayers Rock on a rare rainy day, you will see hundreds of waterfalls that flow down the unusual grooves on the sides.  (Note: The caption should include the importance of Ayers Rock to the aborigines, now referred to by the aboriginal name, Uluru.)  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.


The following was used in the book as an example of a poorly written caption.

Welcome to Moloka'i, the most Hawaiian island, often called "The Friendly Island" because the aloha spirit flourishes here. If you're looking for the real Hawai'i, this is it. If you're looking for old Hawai'i, this is it. If you're looking for breathtaking natural beauty, rain forests, or deserted beaches, this is it. If you're looking for glitz and glamour, you'll need to look elsewhere. This is an honest look at an island lost in time, an island where no building is taller than a palm tree, where aloha is not just a word, it's a way of life.  (Note:  This caption sounds like it was written to promote tourism.)  Picture by Michael P. Peterson.




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