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The Dictionary of Physical Geography [Paperback]

David S. G. Thomas , Andrew S. Goudie
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12 July 2000 0631204733 978-0631204732 3rd Edition
The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedic dictionary covers the whole field of physical geography and provides an essential reference for all students and lecturers in this field.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd Edition edition (12 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631204733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631204732
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Dictionary is a remarkable collaborative effort and a valuable resource. It is a very worthwhile purchase for anyone studying or teaching physical geography." Progress in Physical geography <!––end––> "A vital reference work for students, teachers, professionals, and researchers in physical geography and related environmental sciences, it is recommended for all academic and public libraries." J. A. Coombs, Southwest Missouri State University

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The third edition of this comprehensive Dictionary covers the whole field of physical geography and provides an essential reference for students and lecturers. This edition has been substantially updated with the help of an advisory board of international experts in a range of key areas. Many of the entries are new or have been fully revised, with a large amount of additional material on new themes and topics. The dictionary includes coverage of geomorphology, climatology, biogeography, zoogeography, hydrology, pedology, the Quarternary, GIS, remote sensing and the human impact. It contains over 2000 entries ranging in length from succinct definitions of technical terms to extended discussions of concepts and essays on themes of particular interest or importance. The Dictionary reflects changes within the discipline and provides an international perspective on the key topics of physical geography. The entries are self–contained or cross–referenced with further reading and references for those who wish to develop themes further.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A first port-of-call for reference 16 May 2001
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Concise and informative, The Dictionary of Physical Geography is a must-have, as a useful first port-of-call for reference. Edited by the well-established physical geographers David Thomas and Andrew Goudie, the dictionary describes and explains physical features broached in the Earth Sciences, as well as exploring theories - both their historical debates and contemporary issues. Complete with tables, diagrams and photographs, each entry is supplemented by a list of 'recommended reading' and references, providing the user with key readings on each topic. Cross-references are capitalised, enabling one to easily locate related subject-matter within the dictionary.
My only qualm with the book is that some entries are a little too brief and as such, prior knowledge of terminology is required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 5 July 2013
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I study geography at Bristol (1st year) and found it very useful for revision and for understanding the lectures.
was perfect for essays as it was the best place to start looking for references.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good buy 11 Jan 2009
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This is a good buy for the physical geographer whether doing A-levels or a Uni student like myself.

Its a good constant addition to any reference list, the explanations are generally pretty good, worth the money in my opinion, i use it on a daily basis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall coverage... 10 Feb 2005
By Casey Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Compiled, written, edited, and overseen by some of the world's most prominent Geographers, this dictionary covers everything the educated layperson could want to know about Physical Geography. The entries are concise where they need to be (e.g., "alluvium") and expanded where necessary (e.g., "rock coatings"). If you were to expand the glossaries of BOTH a basic Physical Geography text AND a basic Geomorphology text, this is what you would have.

Although not as heavy with references as its predecessor, the venerable "Dictionary of Human Geography," it nonetheless fills a good-sized gap in Geography reference literature. It is not a "dictionary of geography terms/places" nor is it a "dictionary of geologic terms." It simply takes the broad field of Phyiscal Geography and expands upon hundreds of often- and lesser-used terms, concepts, and ideas. It has proven very useful throughout my doctoral studies, and will no doubt serve me well into the future of academia.

After being thoroughly acquainted with the "Dictionary of Human Geography," I was hoping for more citations after each entry. That is, in my eyes, its only downfall. It is also several years old now, and hopefully a new edition will be published soon.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 13 Feb 2014
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Good for what it is. It has been useful, but some common terms are not in it. So beware of that.
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