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Welcome to the California Geographical Survey, an Internet resource created by Dr. William A. Bowen, professor of geography emeritus, and formerly a long-time member of the California State University, Northridge faculty. The Survey operates for the benefit of the students and faculty throughout the world. It is the California Geographical Survey's intention to provide a variety of important geographic resources to the entire Internet community.

The materials of the California Geographical Survey ( are available without restrictions to scholars for non-profit, classroom use. Individual students and teachers everywhere throughout the world are specifically granted the right to use all materials for class assignments and lectures. Other persons should be aware that the original works contained within this geographic archive are copyrighted and the sole property of Dr. William A. Bowen. Commercial use of such copyrighted materials without the permission of the owner is strictly forbidden. In some cases, the author may extend additional legal rights to specific individuals and groups when he deems it to be in the public interest. Dr. Bowen's work is not funded by any government agency or private sponsor. His work is not in the public domain. Every item is copyrighted and is distributed with the clear understanding that its use for commercial and non-commercial purposes outside of public classrooms is forbidden without his expressed approval. Please contact Dr. Bowen for additional information concerning copyright issues and commercial projects.


Bill lives in Roseville, California, far from the university he served for thirty-four years. Bill was educated as a geographer at U.C. Berkeley. He was privileged to have taken courses from Professors Clarence Glacken, John Kesseli, Ted Oberlander,
James Parsons, Carl Sauer, Hilgard Sternberg, James Vance, Gunther Barth, Peter Birkeland, J. B. Jackson, and George Stewart. He joined the faculty at California State University, Northridge in 1970 and taught there until his retirement in 2004. Several years before his retirement, he decided to create the California Geographical Survey as a tool for better communicating his ideas and maps to students and other explorers who frequent the Web. He continues his work today at home, in a closet that contains two high-speed Macintosh computers.

Although educated as a cultural geographer and physical geographer in the Sauerian tradition, he has always been fascinated with maps. This evolving collection of photorealistic, panoramic maps of the earth's landscapes can be traced to an undergraduate map reading course taught by Professor John E. Kesseli in 1962 and a cartography course taught by Professor Ted Oberlander in the Spring of 1963. He is forever in the debt of these fine scholars and the many other teachers who touched his life.