Making Sense Out of Chaos : Landscape Order in Two California Wilderness Areas

Wilderness is a concept: it is an idea about the qualities of a particular type of place and about the relationship we have with that place-type. What is the meaning of the wilderness concept in the American context, and what values are attached to it? These are the broad questions underlying this thesis. The more specific question is "what do the landscapes of two particular wilderness areas, Desolation-Tahoe and Yosemite-Tuolumne, reveal about wilderness meaning and values?"