Geography of the World

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A completely up-to-date and international geographical guide.

From tiny Vatican City to the vast Russian Federation, from the deserted polar wastes to bustling Hong Kong, The DK Geography of the World maps every corner of the globe. But this book is more than an atlas — it details each country's physical geography, its people, and its important places, explains how the landscape or climate has shaped the country's development, and outlines its ...

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Overview

A completely up-to-date and international geographical guide.

From tiny Vatican City to the vast Russian Federation, from the deserted polar wastes to bustling Hong Kong, The DK Geography of the World maps every corner of the globe. But this book is more than an atlas — it details each country's physical geography, its people, and its important places, explains how the landscape or climate has shaped the country's development, and outlines its place in today's world.

Country-by-country layout for ease of use: Each region of the world is introduced with a detailed full-color map produced using the latest digital imagery. Information on physical features, climate, and flags is included. Each map is followed by an in-depth survey of each country in the region, covering topics such as agriculture and industry, ethnic groups, everyday life, food, and recent history. Fact boxes provide at-a-glance access to key facts such as population, currency, language, literacy rate, and more.

Essential reference for home and school: Detailed illustrations combine with maps, photographs, and charts to bring topics from cocoa growing to acid rain and countries from Zaire to Canada to life. Facts, dates, and statistics, and a comprehensive gazetteer, glossary, and index complete The DK Geography of the World, making this book as useful for school projects as it is interesting to browse. Carefully researched, compiled, and authenticated by a team of noted writers and consultants, this authoritative encyclopedia offers the perfect way to learn about both physical and human geography.

Covers major events and discoveries of the twentieth century in chronological sequence.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Organization and illustration set this world geography resource apart from the ordinary. The focus is on meaningful facts about individual countries; but the interrelatedness of the world is underscored by abundant cross-referencing throughout the book. Captioned photographs share pages with drawings, maps, and charts inviting readers of all abilities and learners of all styles to glean information about their world. It's an impressive resource that gives all areas of the world-along with its problems and promise-equal attention, focus, and consideration.
VOYA - Patty Sylvester Spencer
Attention students and teachers who think geography is inherently uninteresting: this comprehensive, well-researched volume will change your mind after only moments of scanning and browsing. Editors entice readers with hundreds of color maps, photographs, and sketches, labeled clearly in an attractive layout. Maps include "What to look for on the map" boxes to help students read, focus, and sort out significant details. Region-by-region, country-by-country, the complexities of human and physical geography unfold in a user-friendly manner. Countries of the former Soviet Union are examined individually. Charts encourage comparisons of literacy rates, life expectancies, people per doctor, and number of television sets. Each page includes cross-references to related concepts, products, land formations, etc. Individual articles explore political systems, international organizations, world religions, health, education, and trade. Climate, vegetation, and population patterns are clearly discussed. Publishers identify this volume as a reference work, which of course, it is, but it would also make an ideal classroom text for innovative social studies educators. From hologram lettering on the book jacket to a reprint of a teen-education poster about AIDS from Uganda, this volume invites adolescents to learn more about their world as well as this medium can do. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Source Notes. Gazetteer.
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Gr 5-8-This book attempts to provide comprehensive geographical information by combining the features of an atlas (maps, charts, and a gazetteer) with full-color photographs, text, fact boxes, and diagrams. As with most DK titles, the graphics are appealing and generally of high quality. However, this title is of limited value as a reference tool, even for elementary schools. Compared with a true atlas, such as the Hammond Atlas of the World (1995) or The National Geographic Atlas of the World (1995), the maps and cartographic charts are small with limited detail and are sometimes difficult to read. The skimpy and uneven nature of the general information on human and physical geography quickly becomes apparent if compared with resources such as The Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (UXL, 1996) or The World Book Encyclopedia of People and Places (1996). Even without one of these specialized works, students would be better served by a good basic atlas, almanac, and general encyclopedia.-Stephen Del Vecchio, The Family Academy, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789410047
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.18 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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