A Dictionary of Geography (Oxford Quick Reference)

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With more than 6,400 entries on all aspects of human and physical geography, the latest edition of the classic Dictionary of Geography provides up-to-date coverage of a field as wide as the world itself. It ranges across cartography, surveying, meteorology, climatology, ecology, population, industry, and development, and comprehensively treats fast-changing topics such as plate tectonics, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and aerial differentiation. Readers will find entries on economic geography, recent developments in geopolitics, and the geography of finance as well as entries related to globalization and the anti-globalization movement, landscape restoration, the digital divide, and issues of governance. Feature panels offer in-depth information on such key areas as the history of geography, demographic transition, and central place theory. The Factfinder appendix, which provides key economic and population statistics for nearly forty countries, has been brought fully up to date. This edition also recommends web links, accessible on the Dictionary of Geography companion website.

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Susan Mayhew is the author of Masterstudies Geography.

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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. --Steve Stratton

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