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A dictionary of geography
Mayhew, Susan.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
460 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The concise Oxford dictionary of geography / Susan Mayhew and Anne Penny. 1992.
Format :


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G63 .M39 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This invaluable dictionary provides comprehensive coverage in one volume of both human and physical geography. For this second edition, existing entries have been fully updated and 1,000 new entries have been added, making this an essential reference for all students of geography, whether atschool or university. 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 Up-to-date treatment of topics such as plate tectonics, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and aerial differentiation Factfinder with key economic and population statistics for nearly 40 countries

Author Notes

Susan Mayhew is a geography teacher. She lives in Oxford.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The fourth edition of this standard reference book has been completely revised and has more than 300 new entries, 3,500 entries in total. New definitions include economic geography and neo-liberalism. This is a basic dictionary with short entries and definitions. It covers all areas of geography in both main subfields, human and physical geography. Citations appear in the text of the definition, though no overall bibliography is provided. What makes this title stand out in the field currently is the selection of Web resources available along with the book. In the electronic edition, the Web links are from the individual entries. In the print edition, a Web site icon is provided that will direct the reader from a general URL to a large collection of pages that can provide further explanation of a particular term. This collection of material adds a great depth to the dictionary. Cross-references are marked with asterisks in the print edition, though quick links in the electronic edition make jumping around the text easier. Some images and drawings available in the print form of the dictionary are not available in the electronic version; for instance, an excellent diagram explaining central place theory, available in the book, is nowhere to be located online. Furthermore, text in shading would be more clearly visible than black-and-white text. Opt for the print version, if available, as the online version lacks some material found in the print and does not make the best use of the online format. Overall, a well-done title and useful for college students and teachers.--Stratton, Steve Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The fourth edition of this geography dictionary by independent scholar Mayhew builds on the foundation of the previous editions (3rd, 2004; 2nd, CH, Dec'97, 35-1911) and delivers a new version that keeps up with technology and globalization. The dictionary lists over 6,300 terms from all of the multifaceted fields that compose modern geography, offering 300 new entries in this edition. The author has revised definitions to reflect advances within the discipline. Definitions vary from crisp, concise entries to descriptions of considerable length with suitable illustrations. The definitions cross-reference other geographical terms using an asterisk, thus making this dictionary more accessible to a general audience. A distinctive feature is that the dictionary not only offers information in print format, but also makes available Web links with supporting information for many terms. Some definitions are specific to Great Britain and may not be of interest to those with concentrations elsewhere. Overall this dictionary's usability and content make it suitable for all academic institutions and large public libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. S. L. Thornberry Birmingham--Southern College

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How to use this book
A-Z Dictionary of Geography