A Dictionary of Geography / Edition 4

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"This invaluable dictionary provides comprehensive coverage in one volume of both human and physical geography. For this third edition, existing entries have been fully revised and updated, and 345 new new entries have been added, making this essential reference for all students of geography, whether at school or university." It is the most up-to-date dictionary of geography available, with over 6,000 clear and concise definitions. Authoritative entries encompass the range of the subject, including cartography, surveying, meteorology, climatology, ecology, population, industry, and development, and there is up-to-date treatment of topics such as plate tectonics, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and aerial differentiation. The Factfinder appendix with key economic and and population statistics for nearly 40 countries has also been brought fully up to date.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mayhew, who has authored every previous edition of this work, has produced yet another comprehensive one-volume dictionary covering human and physical geography and such fields as cartography, meteorology, climatology, ecology, geology, geomorphology, and agriculture. The definitions are generally short, ranging in length from one to three paragraphs and including abbreviated bibliographic citations and cross-references indicated with asterisks. Some entries have black-and-white illustrations or web links (a full list is available online at www.oup.com/uk/reference/resources/geography). The format is pleasing, with bold headings and ample white space. However, the short introduction mentions nothing about the web links and states a different number of entries from the back cover (6300 vs. 3500), suggesting that the publisher rushed to press without adequate attention to this supplementary material. Additionally, the publisher's web site states that the dictionary includes a Factfinder appendix that gives important statistical information for nearly 40 countries, but it did not appear in the review copy. BOTTOM LINE The aforementioned inconsistencies are disappointing when they come from a publisher of this repute. Nonetheless, the body of the dictionary has the high-quality information expected from Oxford, which makes it useful to everyone from geography undergraduate students through faculty. Recommended for academic libraries supporting geography programs.—Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend\
Library Journal
A sterling illustration of how good things can indeed come in small packages, this dictionary of geography terminology covers both physical geography (e.g., "ash flow") and cultural geography (e.g., "cottage industry"). Definitions run 50 to 100 words, depending upon the importance of the term. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199231812
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Ser.
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Mayhew has taught geography at every level - from Year 7 to undergraduate - for 45 years, and is dedicated to the demystification of geography.

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