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The handy geography answer book /

by Tucci, Paul A [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Handy answer book series: Publisher: Detroit : Visible Ink, [2017]Edition: Third edition.Description: x, 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781578595761; 1578595762.Subject(s): Geography -- Miscellanea | Geography | Geography -- Miscellanea | SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography | Civilization | Miscellanea | FAQs | Trivia and miscellaneaSummary: "Geography is more than just maps and finding your destination. It is about the land, the people on that land, the delicate balance of nature, and our very interdependence upon it, despite the miracles of technology and grocery stores. It's about the effects of nature on places and people, as well as how politics, borders, cities, and towns affect our lives. The Handy Geography Answer Book traces the history of geography from Eratosthenes and Alexander von Humboldt to latitude and longitude, and the latest advances in the Global Positioning System (GPS). It provides insights into economic, social, historic, culture, religious, political, and climate geography, plus oceanography, demographics, and more. Completely revised and updated, it tours the world, its natural features, and the ever-changing mark humans make on our planet, answering 1,200 questions from the trivia (longest, hottest, tallest) to how geography has influenced history, religion, architecture, and the location of cities, including Who first had the idea that there is a magnetic North Pole? What is interesting about Google's "Streetview"? How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2050? Which state has the highest annual divorce rate? What are the largest and smallest counties in the U.S.?"-- Provided by publisher.
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From the lowest point on earth to the highest mountain and all places in between. From discovering why every map is distorted to why Rhode Island is called an island even though it's not, this comprehensive reference simplifies geography in an approachable question-and-answer format. All aspects of the discipline are covered, including physical, economic, political, and cultural geography. Ideal for students and teachers, this resource is for all those curious about our world.

"Geography is more than just maps and finding your destination. It is about the land, the people on that land, the delicate balance of nature, and our very interdependence upon it, despite the miracles of technology and grocery stores. It's about the effects of nature on places and people, as well as how politics, borders, cities, and towns affect our lives. The Handy Geography Answer Book traces the history of geography from Eratosthenes and Alexander von Humboldt to latitude and longitude, and the latest advances in the Global Positioning System (GPS). It provides insights into economic, social, historic, culture, religious, political, and climate geography, plus oceanography, demographics, and more. Completely revised and updated, it tours the world, its natural features, and the ever-changing mark humans make on our planet, answering 1,200 questions from the trivia (longest, hottest, tallest) to how geography has influenced history, religion, architecture, and the location of cities, including Who first had the idea that there is a magnetic North Pole? What is interesting about Google's "Streetview"? How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2050? Which state has the highest annual divorce rate? What are the largest and smallest counties in the U.S.?"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  • Photo Sources (p. viii)
  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • Defining The World (p. 1)
  • Definitions and History (p. 1)
  • The Earth (p. 3)
  • Continents and Islands (p. 8)
  • Human Civilization (p. 13)
  • People and Countries (p. 15)
  • Maps (p. 19)
  • History and Instruments (p. 19)
  • Latitude and Longitude (p. 24)
  • Reading and Using Maps (p. 26)
  • Modem Mapping (p. 30)
  • The Physical Environment (p. 35)
  • The Earth's Materials and Internal Processes (p. 35)
  • Natural Resources (p. 39)
  • Landscapes and Ecosystems (p. 40)
  • Asteroids and Near Earth Objects (p. 45)
  • Water and Ice (p. 47)
  • High, Low, Big, Small, and Wondrous (p. 52)
  • Oceans and Seas (p. 53)
  • Rivers and Lakes (p. 60)
  • Precipitation (p. 65)
  • Glaciers and Fjords (p. 66)
  • Controlling Water (p. 68)
  • Climate (p. 71)
  • Definitions (p. 71)
  • The Atmosphere (p. 73)
  • Ozone (p. 75)
  • Climate Trends (p. 76)
  • Weather (p. 77)
  • Wind (p. 80)
  • Hazards and Disasters (p. 85)
  • Volcanoes (p. 86)
  • Earthquakes (p. 88)
  • Tsunamis (p. 92)
  • Hurricanes (p. 94)
  • Floods (p. 94)
  • Tornadoes (p. 97)
  • Lightning (p. 98)
  • Other Hazards and Disasters (p. 100)
  • Transportation and Urban Geography (p. 103)
  • Cities and Suburbs (p. 103)
  • Urban Structures (p. 107)
  • Air Transportation (p. 109)
  • Roads and Railways (p. 110)
  • Sea Transportation (p. 115)
  • Political Geography (p. 117)
  • Colonies and Expansionism (p. 118)
  • The United Nations (p. 120)
  • NATO and the Cold War (p. 121)
  • The World Today (p. 122)
  • The World Economy (p. 125)
  • Cultural Geography (p. 127)
  • Population (p. 127)
  • Language and Religion (p. 134)
  • Dealing with Hazards (p. 135)
  • Cultures around the World (p. 137)
  • Time, Calendars, and Seasons (p. 141)
  • Time Zones (p. 142)
  • Daylight Saving Time (p. 145)
  • Keeping Time (p. 146)
  • Calendar (p. 147)
  • The Seasons (p. 150)
  • Exploration (p. 153)
  • Europe and Asia (p. 153)
  • Africa (p. 156)
  • The New World (p. 157)
  • The Poles (p. 161)
  • The United States of America (p. 163)
  • Physical Features and Resources (p. 163)
  • The States (p. 165)
  • Cities and Counties (p. 169)
  • People and Culture (p. 172)
  • History (p. 178)
  • North America, Central America, and the Caribbean (p. 183)
  • Canada (p. 183)
  • Greenland and the North Pole Region (p. 186)
  • Mexico (p. 188)
  • Central America (p. 189)
  • Caribbean (p. 191)
  • South America (p. 195)
  • Physical Features and Resources (p. 195)
  • History (p. 198)
  • People, Countries, and Cities (p. 200)
  • Western Europe (p. 207)
  • History (p. 208)
  • People, Countries, and Cities (p. 211)
  • Russia and Eastern Europe (p. 219)
  • Russia and the Former Soviet States (p. 219)
  • Eastern Europe (p. 227)
  • Asia (p. 233)
  • China and East Asia (p. 233)
  • Japan and Die Korean Peninsula (p. 240)
  • Southeast Asia (p. 246)
  • India and West Asia (p. 251)
  • The Middle East (p. 259)
  • The Land and Its History (p. 259)
  • Religion (p. 261)
  • People Countries, and Cities (p. 262)
  • Africa (p. 273)
  • Physical Features and Resources (p. 273)
  • History (p. 277)
  • People, Countries, and Cities (p. 278)
  • Oceania and Antarctica (p. 287)
  • Oceania (p. 287)
  • Australia (p. 290)
  • New Zealand (p. 293)
  • Antarctica (p. 295)
  • Countries of the World (p. 299)
  • Further Reading (p. 401)
  • Glossary (p. 411)
  • Index (p. 421)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Rosenberg, a geographer and author of the 1999 edition of this publication, is joined for this new edition by Tucci, a software development manager, investment banker, world traveler, lecturer, and author of Traveling Everywhere to present a wealth of geographical information for the general reader. More than 1000 questions and answers grouped by topics and regions of the world are followed by a gazetteer of 195 countries listed in A-to-Z order, including Kosovo. Entries include statistics, geographical, political, and cultural information taken from the CIA World Factbook. Owing to the question-and-answer format, the index becomes the essential ready-reference key to accessing specific information. Otherwise, patrons can just get comfy and enjoy a trivia-fest. Bottom Line Intended for the geographical neophyte, this book is well suited for school libraries and YA collections in public libraries. A similar resource for consideration is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geography (Alpha, 2007. 3d ed.), which includes flags with its country-by-country information.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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