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Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts Hardcover – 19 Jul 2001
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Physical geography is presented more consistently from chapter to chapter with major revisions to several chapters. A foldout map of the world in 1900 is included so that comparisons can be made from the beginning to the end of the 20th century. Website highlights approximately 13 Virtual Field Trips which provide the opportunity for readers to travel (virtually) to other areas of the world, while also developing analytical skills.
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Regions, as this comprehensive Geography text is generally known, combines a broad overview of the discipline of Geography with a penetrating assessment of developments in our fast–changing world. Geography links the study of human societies and their natural–environmental settings through a revealing, spatial approach, aided in this book by a unique series of thematic maps at various levels of scale. Thus the focus shifts seamlessly from the global to the regional to the local, yielding insights into the forces that shape the human mosiac of our planet.
From glaciation to globalization, desertification to devolution, Mexico to Madagascar, Regions puts processes and places in spatial context. Inside this cover lies an information highway to geographic literacy, a key to understanding the global map.
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Mr. Wettstein mentions what he has gained from the extensive knowledge of the authors, and by doing so addresses one quality of the text that sets it apart from other books like it. Professor de Blij has travelled around the world for the past 25 years in order to make this book as enriching, accurate, and not to mention, as beautiful as it is today. One can imagine his travel expenses and the enormous energy required of him. Yet, the result of the used book market and the other options Mr. Wettstein suggests,is that Harm de Blij and Peter Muller are not compensated via royalties.
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As with sneakers, our book may become worn with use, but I doubt that you'll ever need to throw it out. With this textbook, one gets a trip around the world that will last an intellectual lifetime.
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I keep this on my shelf of books in my living room because I need it at hand for history classes. I come back to it again and again.
I sorta wish it had more full page maps.