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Things Maps Don't Tell Us: An Adventure into Map Interpretation

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"The book is a treasure trove of tidbits describing how the world around us came about. . . . Things Maps Don't Tell Us actually communicates a great deal about the things maps can tell us if we care to look carefully underneath the printed symbols."—James E. Young, Cartographic Perspectives

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**** Reprint of Lobeck's classic guide to deducing landform and morphogenesis from surface maps. New (1 p.) foreword by Mark Monmonier. Lucid, compelling text and diagrams. Cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226488776
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 1993 Edition Introduction
I. Coast Lines
1. Distorted Coast Lines A Map of the World of 1589
2. Projections and Protuberances Gulf of Mexico
3. Peninsulas The Peninsula of Denmark
4. Peninsulas The Peninsula of Florida
5. Peninsulas The Peninsula of Korea
6. Peninsulas The Peninsula of Tunisia, Africa
7. Peninsulas The Taranaki and Banks Peninsulas, New Zealand
8. Peninsulas The Peninsula of Cornwall, England
9. Peninsulas Saugeen Peninsula and Door Peninsula, Great Lakes Region
10. Peninsulas Keweenaw Point, Lake Superior
11. Two Similar Peninsulas Bayonne Peninsula in New York Harbor; Digby Neck, Nova Scotia
12. Peninsula Croton Point, Hudson River
13. Some Coastal Irregularities The Hudson River Shore Line
14. Promontories and Points Flamborough Head, England
15. Promontories and Points Spurn Head, England; The Skaw, Denmark; Hel Peninsula, Poland
16. Promontories and Points. Hooked Points Cape Cod; Monomoy Point; Sandy Hook; Rockaway Point
17. Promontories Bill of Portland, England; Monte Argentario, Italy
18. Simple, Regular Coasts Argentina; Hudson Bay; Israel; Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia
19. Coast Lines with Barrier Islands Texas and Florida
20. Coast Lines with Interrupted Barrier Islands Long Island; New Jersey; Delaware-Maryland-Virginia Peninsula
21. Embayed or Estuarine Coasts The Chesapeake Bay Region: the Northwest Coast of Spain
22. Fiord Coasts Norway, Alaska, Chile, New Zealand
23. Straits The Narrows, New York Harbor
24. Straits The Straits of Dover
II. Islands
25. Linear Islands and Peninsulas The Maine Coast; Southwest Ireland; the Dalmatian Coast
26. Linear Islands Anticosti in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; Öoland and Gotland in the Baltic Sea
27. Linear Islands Long Island, New York
28. Arcuate Islands Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
29. Elliptical Islands The Islands of Boston Bay
30. Rectangular and Straight-Sided Islands Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti; Corsica and Sardinia; Madagascar
31. Zigzag Islands The Dalmatian Islands in the Adriatic Sea; Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay
32. Island Chains or Island Arcs The Aleutians and Other Island Arcs of the Pacific
33. Islands. A Double Chain The Lesser Antilles
34. Oceanic Islands Atolls of the Pacific Ocean
35. Oceanic Islands The Hawaiian Islands
36. Isolated Islands Sable Island off Nova Scotia

III. Rivers
General Remarks
37. River Embayments The Delaware (Delaware Bay); the Susquehanna (Chesapeake Bay), and the Potomac
38. River Locations The Missouri and the Ohio
39. River Locations Piedmont Rivers. The San Joaquin, the Po, and the Danube Rivers
40. River Patterns. Parallel Rivers The Rivers of Northern France
41. River Patterns. Parallel Rivers Rivers of the Atlantic Seaboard; Some Rivers of Nebraska
42. River Patterns. More Parallel Rivers Yazoo Type. The Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers
43. River Patterns. Trellis Rivers Pennsylvania
44. River Patterns. Rectangular Rivers The Adirondack Mountains
45. River Patterns. Radial Rivers Mount Rainier
46. River Patterns. More Radial Rivers Southern France
47. River Patterns. Centripetal (Center-Flowing) Streams Northern France
48. River Patterns. Ring-Like or Annular Rivers South Dakota
49. River Patterns. Irregularity Branching or Dendritic Streams Western Pennsylvania
50. Interrupted or "Lost" Rivers Southern Indiana; Yugoslavia
51. More Interrupted Rivers Nevada; Mexico; Persia; Australia
52. Water Gaps Delaware Gap; Susquehanna Water Gaps
53. Water Gaps and Wind Gaps The Blue Ridge, Virginia
54. More Water Gaps Columbia River Dalles Across the Cascade Mountains; Sevier River Gap, Utah
55. River Sources. Hot Springs and Geysers Yellowstone Park; North Island, New Zealand
56. Underground Rivers and Caves The Cave Belt of Virginia and Pennsylvania
57. Waterfalls The Great Falls of the Potomac at Washington; the Schuylkill Falls at Philadelphia; the Fall Line
58. Waterfalls Yosemite Falls, and Other Falls of the Yosemite Valley
59. Waterfalls Some Falls and Mill Cities of the Northeastern States
IV. Lakes
60. Rectangular Lakes Lake Placid, New York; Baskatong Lake, Canada; Manda Lake, Tanganyika, Africa
61. Lake Regions of the World Northern North America and Europe, Represented by Ontario, Canada
62. Some Finger-Lake and Related Fiord Regions of the World Northern Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, and Chile
63. Lake Swarms. Some High Mountain Lakes Glacier Park
64. Lake Swarms. Some Dry-Region Lakes Lakes of Western Nebraska
65. Lake Swarms Lakes of Florida; Lakes of China
66. Lake Belts Minnesota, Finland, Germany
67. Unusual Lakes The Salton Sea, California
68. Shallow Lakes and Swamps Four Great Swamplands of Africa. The Timbuktu Region; Lake Chad Region; the Sudd of the Nile, and the Okavango Swamp
69. Some Volcanic-Region Lakes The Lakes of Mexico; the Lakes of Armenia
70. Some Very Deep Lakes Tanganyika, Nyasa, Baikal, the Dead Sea
71. Some Straight-Sided Lakes The Lakes of Southern Sweden

V. Cities
72. Circular Cities The City Plans of Paris
More Unanswered Problems Index

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