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Relative Wilderness of the Eastern United States
Entry ID: Relative_Wilderness_Eastern_US

Abstract: Relative Wildness of the eastern United States. A combination of
data representing the six attributes of the land that contribute to
its wildness. These attributes are solitude, remoteness, uncontrolled
process, natural composition, unaltered structure, and pollution. For
a full treatment of the wildness concept see "Indicators of Wildness:
Using Attributes of the Land to Assess the Context of ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 51.84   S: 22.47   E: -65.76   W: -128.3

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Mark E. Wilbert and Gregory Aplet Ph.D.
Dataset Title: Relative Wilderness of the Eastern United States
Dataset Release Date: 2001-10-01T00:00:00.000Z
Dataset Publisher: The Wilderness Society
Version: Not provided
Data Presentation Form: raster digital data
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1970-01-01
MAPS Ancillary Description
Quality Computing relative wildness involves assigning nominal (rank) values
to source data, then summing those ranks. We recognize that
mathematical summation is strictly not appropriate for nominal
data. We utilize this technique for lack of a reasonable
alternative. A review of conservation research literature shows that
this is a commonly used technique, so we are, at least, in good
company in our inappropriateness.
Access Constraints None
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Data Center
The Wilderness Society Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 206-624-6430 ext. 229
Fax: 206-624-7101
Email: mwilbert at
Contact Address:
1424 Fourth Avenue, Suite 816
City: Seattle
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98101
Country: USA
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2002-11-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-10-17