The Earth's Natural Forces (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Geography)

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The physical world around us is shaped by the natural forces of the Earth--by the action of climate, rivers, earthquakes and volcanoes, oceans and glaciers, the geology of the planet, and the various forms of life that inhabit it. This lavishly illustrated new reference offers a uniquely comprehensive examination of the ways in which these natural forces shape the Earth. The Introduction examines the larger forces that impact on the Earth; the Sun; the molten core of the planet; changing climates; cycles of water erosion, and nutrition; and humans. Covering twenty-two regions of the world, the volume explores such topics as the Mississippi Basin (USA); the Andes (South America); hurricanes and other tropical storms (Central America); the mistral and other local winds (France); Mt. Etna and volcanic activity (Italy/Greece); causes of desertification (Northern Africa); and earthquakes and tsunami (Japan and Korea).

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This set (which will eventually comprise 11 volumes) seems destined to be a high-quality update to or expansion of such sources as the Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World and Its People (Marshall Cavendish, 1986), the McGraw-Hill Pictorial Atlas of the World (McGraw, 1987), and the New Encyclopedia of World Geography (Mayflower, 1978). Plentiful color photographs, maps, and diagrams illustrate the texts of the available volumes. Each volume begins with an introductory section on the topic from a global perspective, e.g., Volume 1 surveys the origin of the solar system and the Earth; climate, including the greenhouse effect; and geology. Volume 2 defines sovereignty and territory and dis cusses systems of government, human rights, and the arms race. The remaining 200 pages in each volume are subdivided by world region and country. Rather than presenting uniform amounts of information on each area, such as climate, government, etc., the text emphasizes those aspects of a region or country deemed unique or especially important: acid rain in the Nordic countries, volcanoes in southern Europe, perestroika and glasnost in the USSR, and apartheid in South Africa. The result is a uniquely valuable work offering an alternative to the standard information available from other sources, such as encyclopedias or atlases. The volumes are extremely attractive and informative, appealing to a wide audience of students and general readers from middle school level up. Volume 3, Nature's Last Strongholds , and Volume 4, Plant Life , are scheduled for 1991. Future volumes include Peoples and Cultures, Planet Mana gement , and The World Economy . Recommended for public, school, and college libraries.
- Louise Stwalley, Univ. of Colorado at Denver Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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