Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia

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Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia. / Tooth, Stephen; Griffiths, Hywel.

2013. Paper presented at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Tooth, S & Griffiths, H 2013, 'Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia', Paper presented at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 27 Aug 2013 - 30 Aug 2013. <http://conference.rgs.org/AC2013/264>

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Tooth, S., & Griffiths, H. (2013). Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia. Paper presented at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. http://conference.rgs.org/AC2013/264

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Tooth S, Griffiths H. Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia. 2013. Paper presented at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Tooth, Stephen ; Griffiths, Hywel. / Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia. Paper presented at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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