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Changing Distribution of Population

Nature volume 140, page 411 (04 September 1937) | Download Citation



IN noting that four chief populous regions, in 'Europe', the Far East, India and eastern North America, now contain three fourths of mankind on one eighth of the land area of the world, it is pointed out by Prof. C. B. Fawcett in his presidential address to Section E (Geography), that the peopling of the fourth of these by the great European migration of the last two hundred years is the only shift of population of world magnitude recorded within the historic period. The south temperate lands even now contain barely a fortieth of the world's population; and the other considerable migrations are merely oscillations of the margins of the four great populous regions.

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