Earth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features

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Joyce A. Quinn, Susan L. Woodward
ABC-CLIO, Feb 3, 2015 - Nature - 877 pages
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This unusual encyclopedia brings together in-depth information on more than 450 natural geographic features from around the world and offers an array of creative tools to promote critical thinking and classroom discussion.

With Earth undergoing rapid environmental change, students and the general public alike should be knowledgeable about the world's geographic features. This authoritative, two-volume reference enables readers do just that. It describes continents and oceans; individual mountains, islands, caves, and rivers; and ecological entities such as wildlife refuges and national parks. Each entry provides a geographic overview of the feature's significance, location, description, geologic history, biota, protected areas, and environmental issues. But the coverage goes even deeper so that entries also discuss the cultural importance of each natural place, covering everything from indigenous beliefs to traditional folklore to contemporary legends.

The encyclopedia stands apart from other works not only in the depth of its coverage but also in its range. It discusses lesser known as well as prominent geographical features and offers critical thinking aids that will help students see how the natural world relates to their daily lives. Teaching and learning tools include an appendix called "Opposing Viewpoints" that allows students to understand landforms involved in current conflicts and disputes as well as an "Activities/Discussion Questions" appendix.

  • Provides a one-stop reference for students of geography and environmental and earth sciences
  • Offers global coverage of diverse features, whether terrestrial, aquatic, geological, ecological, or physiographic
  • Includes an overview of the various kinds of landforms of the world, how they are formed, and how they continue to change over time
  • Explains each feature's origins and significance, as well as major environmental issues in which it's involved
  • Indicates the importance of features to the development of Western science and contemporary scientific thought in fields such as evolutionary biology, paleontology, plate tectonics, and climate change
  • Features a "Top 10s Appendix" to provoke student interest through statistics such as the tallest mountains, largest lakes, and longest rivers


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Volume 2
The Highest Lowest Biggest Deepest Places Top Tens and Other Global Comparisons
Opposing Viewpoints Issues Related to Natural Features
Activities and Discussion Questions
Recommended Resources
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Joyce A. Quinn, PhD, is professor emerita of geography at California State University, Fresno.

Susan L. Woodward, PhD, is professor emerita in the Department of Geospatial Science, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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