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Title:
World geography
Author:
Sumner, Ray.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
8 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. The World -- v. 2. North America and the Caribbean -- v. 3. South and Central America -- v. 4. Africa -- v. 5. Europe -- v. 6. Asia -- v. 7. Antarctica, Australia, and the Pacific -- v. 8. Glossary, bibliography, appendices.
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Summary

World Geography integrates physical, human, and economic geography. It is designed to meet the needs of students from middle school through college and takes an integrated approach. It divides its space nearly equally among essays on physical, human, and


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Booklist Review

World Geography presents the topic in accord with the national K-12 geographic standards, "Geography for Life." Volume 1 covers "Basic Geographic Concepts and World Overview." Volumes 2 to7 focus on the major world regions. Volume 8 contains a glossary, set index, a bibliography, and appendixes, which consist of tables and listings of various ordinal data (lakes, mountains, population, etc.) similar to tables found in almanacs. The 236 entries in volumes 2 to 7 are written by 175 contributors. Entries are organized in sections entitled "Regions," "Physical Geography," "Biogeography and Natural Resources," "Human Geography," and "Economic Geography." Each of these volumes also includes a gazetteer containing terms and location names found in the respective volume and an index. Of 1,300 photos throughout the set, 800 are full color, placed in one of four 16-page plates sets per volume. Icons in text margins refer readers to photos and maps located in the plates, although numbering the photos in the plates would have been helpful. Entries are current and provide a good mix of additional references to both scholarly monographs and popular articles (e.g., National Geographic). Also listed are a few carefully selected and annotated Web resources. Much useful, current, and interesting information is found in some 500 sidebars scattered throughout the text. Indexing is generally very good, although photo references are indistinguishable from text entries. Rarely, facts on the more obscure areas of the world are somewhat dated and misstated. For instance, Micronesia comprises more than 2,000 islands, not the 25 stated in the entry on the Pacific Islands. The discussion of Melanesian prehistory uses a term, Negrito, that is no longer in scientific use. This work is appropriate for the middle-and high-school levels. It would work well both as a classroom reference set and in the school or public library reference collection. Although many scholarly works are referenced in the entries and the bibliography, the text generally lacks sufficient depth to be of use in any but the most introductory college-level courses.Reference Books in brief The following is a list of additional recent and recommended reference sources.


Library Journal Review

This eight-volume set, which integrates physical, human, and economic geography, is organized by topic and region: "The World" (basic geographical concepts and world overview), "North America and the Caribbean," "South and Central America," "Africa," "Europe," "Asia," "Antarctica, Australia, and the Pacific," and "Glossary, Bibliography, Appendices" (with general index). Each of the six regional volumes includes sections covering "regions, physical geography [physiography and hydrology, climatology], biogeography and natural resources, human geography [people, population distribution, culture regions, exploration, urbanization, political geography], economic geography [agriculture, industries, transportation, trade, communications, engineering projects]" and a gazetteer. Unlike the five-volume World Geography Encyclopedia (McGraw-Hill, 1995), edited by Sybil P. Parker, this does not feature country-by-country coverage. It does, however, include extensive bibliographical and web-site notes and some 235 essays, many of which run up to 6000 words and are punctuated with sidebars, tables, and other graphics. More than 100 maps and 1000 illustrations, many in full color, supplement the text. Edited by Sumner (Long Beach Community Coll.). this useful and quite comprehensive resource is most suitable for public and middle school through college libraries not requiring country-by-country treatment. Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-12-This series' 124 segments take students to the continents and nations of the world. Each title opens with a general overview of a continent and its main regions, followed by two-to-eight minute segments that visit its nations and cities. topics reflect the thematic strands of geography: culture, people, environment, government, economics, history, and science. Specific topics vary widely and include the gorillas of Uganda, Carnival in Brazil, emerald mining in Colombia, the ancient Roman aqueducts in Italy, French culture in Quebec, coffee production in Guatemala, and the caste system in India. Although topics such as the civil war in Rwanda and African poverty are mentioned, there is no discussion or footage of controversial subjects such as the AIDS crisis in Africa. Each segment begins with a map that highlights the country or region and identifies its neighbors and important features such as capital cities and landforms. Geographical terms are defined and featured in onscreen graphics. Technical quality is very good. Visuals include live-action footage of places and people, reenactments of historic events, period stills, and newsreel footage. Both men and women provide the narration. Although many of these segments are superficial, they do allow students to "see" something about all of these places. The series can be used to introduce or enrich a world geography unit, and is a good additional choice for middle and secondary libraries.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Vol. 1 Publisher's Notep. vii
Introductionp. xi
Contributorsp. xv
The World
The Nature of Geography
The History of Geographyp. 3
Mapmaking in Historyp. 9
Mapmaking and New Technologiesp. 15
Themes and Standards in Geography Educationp. 19
Physical Geography
The Earth in Spacep. 25
Earth's Interiorp. 55
Earth's Surfacep. 75
Earth's Climatesp. 111
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Earth's Biological Systemsp. 135
Natural Resourcesp. 154
Human Geography
Human Society and the Earthp. 189
Climate and Human Societiesp. 204
Exploration and Transportationp. 218
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 253
Energy and Engineeringp. 271
Industry and Tradep. 286
Political Geography
Forms of Governmentp. 305
Political Geographyp. 309
Geopoliticsp. 311
International Boundariesp. 315
Gazetteer of Oceans and Continentsp. 321
Index to Volume 1p. III
Vol. 2 North America and the Caribbean
Regions
United Statesp. 339
Canadap. 343
Mexicop. 348
Greenland and the Arcticp. 352
The Caribbeanp. 355
Physical Geography
Physiography and Hydrologyp. 361
Climatologyp. 393
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Natural Resourcesp. 405
Flora and Faunap. 414
Human Geography
Peoplep. 431
Population Distributionp. 438
Culture Regionsp. 461
Explorationp. 473
Political Geographyp. 482
Urbanizationp. 491
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 503
Industriesp. 528
Engineering Projectsp. 537
Transportationp. 544
Tradep. 553
Communicationsp. 561
Gazetteerp. 587
Index to Volume 2p. XV
Vol. 3 South and Central America
Regions
South Americap. 641
Central Americap. 646
Physical Geography
Physiography and Hydrologyp. 653
Climatologyp. 670
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Natural Resourcesp. 697
Flora and Faunap. 706
Human Geography
Peoplep. 727
Culture Regionsp. 741
Explorationp. 767
Political Geographyp. 773
Urbanizationp. 780
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 791
Industriesp. 802
Transportationp. 827
Tradep. 839
Communicationsp. 847
Engineering Projectsp. 856
Gazetteerp. 863
Index to Volume 3p. XXV
Vol. 4 Africa
Regions of Africa
The Continentp. 923
The Offshore Islandsp. 931
Physical Geography
Physiographyp. 937
Climatologyp. 945
Hydrologyp. 954
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Natural Resourcesp. 979
Florap. 988
Faunap. 996
Human Geography
Peoplep. 1007
Population Distributionp. 1014
Culture Regionsp. 1021
Explorationp. 1046
Urbanizationp. 1057
Political Geographyp. 1063
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 1075
Industriesp. 1085
Engineering Projectsp. 1107
Transportationp. 1114
Communicationsp. 1123
Gazetteerp. 1133
Index to Volume 4p. XXXV
Vol. 5 Europe
Regions
Western Europep. 1201
The British Islesp. 1207
Scandinaviap. 1213
Mediterranean Europep. 1217
The Balkansp. 1222
Central-Eastern Europep. 1227
European Nations of Former Soviet Unionp. 1233
Physical Geography
Physiographyp. 1257
Hydrologyp. 1263
Climatologyp. 1269
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Natural Resourcesp. 1277
Florap. 1283
Faunap. 1289
Human Geography
Peoplep. 1297
Population Distributionp. 1319
Culture Regionsp. 1326
Urbanizationp. 1335
Political Geographyp. 1344
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 1357
Industriesp. 1383
Engineering Projectsp. 1393
Transportationp. 1399
Tradep. 1407
Communicationsp. 1415
Gazetteerp. 1423
Index to Volume 5p. XLV
Vol. 6 Asia
Regions
Chinap. 1487
Japan, Korea, and Taiwanp. 1494
Southeast Asiap. 1500
South Asiap. 1505
Mongolia and Asian Russiap. 1512
The Caucasus and Former Soviet Republicsp. 1516
The Middle Eastp. 1520
Physical Geography
Physiographyp. 1543
Hydrologyp. 1552
Climatologyp. 1559
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Natural Resourcesp. 1571
Florap. 1579
Faunap. 1584
Human Geography
Peoplep. 1609
Population Distributionp. 1615
Culture Regionsp. 1622
Explorationp. 1628
Urbanizationp. 1633
Political Geographyp. 1642
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 1651
Industriesp. 1678
Engineering Projectsp. 1688
Tradep. 1696
Transportationp. 1702
Communicationsp. 1709
Gazetteerp. 1735
Index to Volume 6p. LV
Vol. 7 Antarctica, Australia, and the Pacific
Regions
Australiap. 1801
New Zealandp. 1806
Pacific Islandsp. 1809
Physical Geography
Physiography and Hydrologyp. 1817
Climatologyp. 1834
Biogeography and Natural Resources
Natural Resourcesp. 1867
Flora and Faunap. 1881
Human Geography
Peoplep. 1923
Population Distributionp. 1932
Culture Regionsp. 1941
Explorationp. 1949
Urbanizationp. 1956
Political Geographyp. 1966
Economic Geography
Agriculturep. 1989
Industriesp. 2001
Transportationp. 2009
Tradep. 2021
Communicationsp. 2028
Engineering Projectsp. 2052
Gazetteerp. 2063
Index to Volume 7p. LXVII
Vol. 8 Glossaryp. 2101
Bibliographyp. 2323
The Nature of Geographyp. 2323
North America and Caribbean Regionp. 2324
South America and Central Americap. 2327
Africap. 2328
Europep. 2330
Asiap. 2348
Australia, Pacific, and Antarcticap. 2350
Appendicesp. 2355
The World's Oceans and Seasp. 2355
Major Land Areas of the Worldp. 2355
Major Islands of the Worldp. 2356
Countries of the Worldp. 2357
Past and Projected World Population Growth, 1950-2050p. 2364
The World's Largest Countries by Areap. 2365
The World's Smallest Countries by Areap. 2366
The World's Largest Countries by Populationp. 2367
The World's Smallest Countries by Populationp. 2368
The World's Most Densely Populated Countriesp. 2369
The World's Least Densely Populated Countriesp. 2370
The World's Most Populous Citiesp. 2371
Major Lakes of the Worldp. 2373
Major Rivers of the Worldp. 2374
The Highest Peaks in Each Continentp. 2378
Major Deserts of the Worldp. 2378
Highest Waterfalls of the Worldp. 2379
General Indexp. LXXVII

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