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Encyclopedia of World Geography
     

Encyclopedia of World Geography

by Lawrence A. Brown, R. W. McColl (Editor)
 
Editor McColl (emeritus, U. of Kansas) has brought together about 100 contributors to prepare this three-volume reference for students in high school and general readers, or for more advanced students seeking a starting place for research. Approximately 750 signed entries, arranged alphabetically, are supported with some 200 two-color maps (some interspersed, others

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Editor McColl (emeritus, U. of Kansas) has brought together about 100 contributors to prepare this three-volume reference for students in high school and general readers, or for more advanced students seeking a starting place for research. Approximately 750 signed entries, arranged alphabetically, are supported with some 200 two-color maps (some interspersed, others grouped in an atlas section); small b&w photos; a chronology; a glossary; a resource guide (print materials and internet sites); and an appendix of statistics on world rankings in terms of such features as area, water, coastline, elevation extremes, land use, population, and birth rate, among others. Entries include profiles of pioneers in geography and mapmaking; definitions and descriptions of regions, boundaries, and countries; and explanations of the tools and terminology of geography and cartography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This three-volume set contains 750 entries covering the geographic features of the world, countries, cartography, and historical figures in the field. An appendix in the last volume contains a resource guide, a glossary of geographic terms, world rankings (largest country, most population, etc.), a small atlas (to which article entries are indexed), and an index to the set. Entries are concise and range from three paragraphs to two pages. Entries about countries contain a small representation of a globe with the country highlighted, some statistics (area, population, gross domestic product, capital, natural resources), and discuss history, population groups, and physical features of the country. All entries feature a bibliography and are attributed. The text is written on a high school level, but could also be useful for middle school students. The illustrations consist mainly of maps, but there are also diagrams and photographs scattered through the set. This set accomplishes what it sets out to do. It contains well-written, concise entries on a narrow set of topics. The question, however, is whether purchase of this set justifies its cost. It covers its topics well, but it is a very narrow set of topics. The entries are detailed, but many patrons will find that they contain too much material. For most school libraries, a well-done atlas or encyclopedia will offer enough information for its patrons, making this set unnecessary. 2005, Facts on File, 1,216p. in 3 vols.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Appendix., PLB $250/set.. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Steven Kral
Library Journal - Library Journal
McColl, a specialist in Asian geography, here assembles some 750 A-to-Z entries on independent countries, U.S. states, geographical and geological terms, pioneers in geography and cartography, and international organizations. Prepared by over 100 contributors, the entries provide historical background; some come with maps, and each is followed by a brief bibliography. The rationale for including some entries is not clear. For example, U.S. states are featured, but Canadian provinces are not (unusual in a North American publication); the Catholic Church and Islam are covered individually, but all other faiths are lumped together under "Religion"; New York City, London, Paris, Bordeaux, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Zagreb are treated individually, but Berlin, Rome, Chicago, Cairo, Montreal, and Washington, DC, are not. A general bibliography, glossary, appendix of world rankings by country (area and demographic topics), and world atlas follow. The atlas maps are tritonal by continent and region, with soft relief modeling. With the exceptions of the United States, Canada, and Australia, no internal political subdivisions are provided. Therefore, Bavaria, Katanga, and Xinjiang are not represented (although Xinjiang has its own text entry). The common index is essential to the use of the encyclopedia since it provides the only cross-referencing and access to most historical toponyms (e.g., Silesia and Zululand). There are typos, including a double entry for Alfred Wegener (also as "Wegerner"). Bottom Line This is a reference resource rich in information but with room for improvement in organization and content. A possible alternative is Gale's Geo-Data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia, now in its third edition. An optional purchase.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816057863
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Facts on File Library of World Geography
Pages:
1264
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 3.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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