That's Not in My Geography Book: A Compilation of Little-Known Facts

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The latest in the series that includes best-selling That's Not in My American History Book and That's Not in My Science Book, this book brings geography to life exploring the "who" behind the discovery of various lands and the "what" behind how our world changes. From the earliest compass to today's handheld GPS systems, author Kate Kelly shows how people throughout time have navigated the world. She also rectifies the past by explaining why some people have gotten short shrift in geography books. (If Leif ...
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Overview

The latest in the series that includes best-selling That's Not in My American History Book and That's Not in My Science Book, this book brings geography to life exploring the "who" behind the discovery of various lands and the "what" behind how our world changes. From the earliest compass to today's handheld GPS systems, author Kate Kelly shows how people throughout time have navigated the world. She also rectifies the past by explaining why some people have gotten short shrift in geography books. (If Leif Eriksson's mom were alive, she would pre-order a copy of this book!) Kelly also explores "human geography," including such diverse subjects as how geography affects the spread of human disease and how the global marketplace is causing our world to shrink. While discovery of new lands may have been the most vital part of the world five hundred years ago, today preservation is key to maintaining the land we have. The last section of the book examines what we do to our world and what will happen if we fail at conservation. And don't forget about water—our most important natural resource and seventy percent of our world's surface! A chapter in this section is devoted to this vital substance.
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...this book is a traveler's dream, filled with adventure and excitement, trivia and little-told stories of explorers who were driven to know what was 'out there.'
Thebookwormsez.Com
...this book is a traveler's dream, filled with adventure and excitement, trivia and little-told stories of explorers who were driven to know what was 'out there.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793408
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Kelly has authored or coauthored over twenty books, including That's Not in My Science Book. She lives in Larchmont, NY.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 Discovering the World

1 The Very Early Adventurers: Including Forgotten Leif and Marco the Mythmaker 3

2 The Age of Discovery Begins with Prince Henry 15

3 The Age of Discovery Continues: The Cabots, Vespucci, and Magellan 31

4 More Men and More Countries Exploring the World 43

5 How They Navigated during the Age of Discovery 59

Part 2 The Nuts and Bolts of Geography

6 How the Earth Works 77

7 Mapmaking Then and Now 89

Part 3 Pushing New Directions, Facing New Challenges

8 Westward Ho! 103

9 The Grand Canyon: A Geographic Story 119

10 The Race to the Poles 133

11 Who Are the Women Explorers? 149

Part 4 The World Depends on Us

12 New Ideas on Environmental Geography 163

Index 173

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