Multcolib Research Picks: Don't know much about geography
Annotation:Geography, the author explains, has been sadly misunderstood, which accounts for the fact that Americans consistently score lowest among peoples of industrialized nations when it comes to "knowing where we are." Rather than looking at geography as a parade of facts about where things are located, Davis considers human and natural history in its larger context.
Annotation:In this personal and engaging book, the late geographer provides a perspective on the challenges of the 21st century, demonstrating how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world.
Annotation:The author expands on the traditional definitions of geographic concepts and physical processes, covering the fundamental subdisciplines within physical geography, including biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, meteorology, and pedology.
Annotation:For those who need a handy reference, this compact world atlas contains a wide array of traditional political and physical maps, as well as a series of thematic maps (e.g., population density and growth, climate, land cover, natural hazards, and water availability) at both continental and world scales.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:In this collection, 30 contributors present a critical perspective on such issues as public/private space, surveillance and state intrusion, and culture and nature.
Annotation:Geo-literacy is the understanding of Earth systems and interconnections that we all need to make good decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live, what precautions to take for natural hazards, or how to set up a manufacturing supply chain, we are all called upon to make decisions that require geo-literacy throughout our lives.
Annotation:Geography is central to the work of the Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination. Geography provides meaning and context to statistical data.
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In the U.S., we are particularly uninterested in geography, yet to sustain our leadership in a globalized world, it's important to know about other places on our planet. Get up to date on countries and cultures by checking out the books on this list.