The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geography

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Penguin, 2004 - Science - 422 pages
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User Review  - Valerie - Christianbook.com

I really like the book as far as presenting short (20pgs) but good information about each part of the world. We had covered Europe, North America, South America, and Mexico by the time I got this, but ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Geography?
3
The Dread PlaceName Quiz
4
Why Were Geographically Illiterate
5
Physical Geography A Look at Mother Earth
7
It All Revolves Around the Sun
8
Talking About a Revolution
9
Considering Climate
10
Why Does the Wind Blow?
12
The Challenges
205
A Quick Look at Chinas People
206
The Forgotten Republic of Mongolia
207
The Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea
208
The North Korean Nuclear Threat
209
A Regional Look The Developing World
211
Middle America Bridging Two Continents
213
Empires of the Past
214

The Earths Moving Surface
14
Earthquakes and Faults
16
Building Up the Earths Surface
17
The Crushing Effects of Ice
18
Cultural Geography The Hand of Humankind
19
ParlezVous More than 3OOO Languages?
20
Languages Officially
21
Race Ancestry Ethnicity Culture or Nationality What Does It All Mean?
23
Climbing the Family Tree
24
An Eye on Ethnicity
25
Countries Nations and States
27
Sorting Through Settlements
28
The Global Economy
30
Maps A Geographic Love Affair
31
Millions of Maps
32
Mercators Famous Projection
33
Sorting Through the Symbols
34
Now Where Was I?
35
Absolute Location
36
Sizing Up Scale and Distance
38
What Are Those Numbers at the Bottom of the Map?
39
The Rise and Fall of Elevation and Relief
40
Contour Lines and Topo Maps
41
Setting Off in the Right Direction
42
Magnetic Attraction
43
Technical Directional
44
Here We Go A World of Many Regions
47
Half a World Away
48
The Seven Continents or Maybe Its Five? or Four?
49
The EuropeAsiaEurasia Dilemma
50
Okay So Whats a Region?
52
Highlighting the Essentials
54
A Regional Look The Developed World
55
Northern America Land of Opportunity
57
The New World That Isnt
58
Two Countries One Region
59
A Look at the Provinces and Territories of the Great White North
60
What Are the Lower 48?
61
The Mighty Miss
62
Water Water Everywhere
63
Weathering the Climate
64
Black Gold
65
Profiling the People
66
The Urban Landscape
67
Roots of the People
68
Finding the Faith
69
The British Isles
71
Celts Romans Angles Saxons Vikings and Normans
73
The Empire
74
The Recent Past
75
Cool Britannia
77
The Bonnie Land of Scots and Lochs
78
The Green Land
79
From Scottish Highlands to Peat Bogs
80
From the Gulf Stream to the English Channel
82
The People and Their Languages
84
West Europe The Heart of the Continent
87
West Europes Turbulent Past
88
Countries in the Crossroads of Europe
89
The Alpine States
91
The Low Countries
92
The US of E? The European Union Today
93
West Europes Natural Side
94
From Polders to Alps
95
Creating Land from Water
96
A Place of Wondrous Cities
98
The People
99
Protestants and Catholics
100
Northern Europe Land of the Midnight Sun
103
Northern Raiders and Resisters
104
The Land of the North
105
The Fjords of Norway
106
The Swedish Core
107
Icelands Heat from Below
108
The Descendants of the Vikings
109
Living the Good Life
110
Bridging the Ore Sund
111
Southern Europe Embracing the Mediterranean
113
The Legacy of the Greeks and Romans
114
The Countries of Southern Europe
115
Spain Land of Toros and Tradition
116
Greece and the Aegean
117
The Microstates
118
Mother Natures Chosen One
119
Islands Everywhere
120
The Mediterranean Sun
121
The Historic Cities
122
The Peoples of the South
124
Illegal Immigration
125
Japan The Pacific Dragon
127
Song of the Samurai
128
Emulating Colonialism
130
An Economic Giant Reborn from the Ashes
131
Land of the Rising Sun
133
The Waters and the Islands
134
Japans Temperate Climate
135
Japans Future
136
East Asias Economic Tigers
137
Tracking the Tigers
138
Complex Intertwined Histories
139
Taiwan
140
Hong Kong
141
Singapore
142
South Korea
143
Hong Kong
144
The Lay of the Land
145
Hong Kong
146
The Ethnic and Religious Mix
147
Australia and New Zealand Looking Down Under
149
New Zealand
150
The Maoris
151
Trembling Land
152
Unsteady Ground on North Island
153
The Alpine South
154
The Maori
155
New Zealands Cities
156
Australias Land
157
The Great Barrier Reef
159
People of the Southern Continent
160
The Aborigines
161
A Regional Look Nations in Transition
163
The New Eastern Europe
165
A History of Turmoil
166
Nations Reborn
168
The New and Future EU States
169
Lithuania
170
The Czech Republic
171
Hungary
172
Romania
173
Belarus Ukraine and Moldova
174
Ukraine
175
Moldova
176
An Overview
178
Chinese Ties and Isolationism
179
The Great Waters
181
Russia in Transition
183
Tsars Communists and Free Markets
184
The Age of Communism
185
The Loss of the Former Republics
186
An Unforgiving Climate
188
By Land or by Sea
189
Frozen Waters
191
Russia in the TwentyFirst Century
192
Chechnya
193
China The Awakened Giant
195
The Peoples Republic of China
196
The Southern Section
198
Northeastern and Northwestern China
200
Chinas Reluctant Southwest
201
The Birth of Modern China
203
The First HalfCentury
204
The Mighty Aztecs
215
The Spanish Empire in North America
216
The Geography of Middle Americas Mainland
217
The Nations of Central America
219
Guatemala
220
Nicaragua
221
Americas Caribbean Island Paradises
222
The Big Islands
224
The Small Island Arc
228
Middle America Looks North
229
South America The Iberian Legacy
231
Peopling the Continent
232
The Coming of the Conquistadors
234
A Tidal Wave of Independence
235
The South American Countries and their Major Cities
236
Peru
237
Chile
238
Paraguay
239
Physical Facts
240
The High Andes
242
The Waters
243
A Look at South Americas Weather
244
South America in the Global Economy
245
Saharan Africa The Sands of Time
247
From Pharaohs to Sultans
248
The Arrival of Islam
250
The Maghreb
251
Morocco
252
Tunisia
253
The Land the River and the People
254
The Sahel or Transition Zone Countries
255
Mauritania
256
Niger
257
The Horn of Africa
259
Ethiopia
260
Djibouti
261
EthiopiaBirthplace of Modern Humans?
262
SubSaharan Africa Cradle of Humankind
263
Ancient Roots
264
Europe in Africa
265
The European Takeover
266
Instability and Turmoil
267
An Overview of SubSaharan Africa
268
Central Africa
270
Eastern Africa
272
Southern Africa and Madagascar
274
Challenges in the PostApartheid Era
276
Africas Health Crises
278
The Middle East and Central Asia Crucible of Faiths
279
Crossroads of Three Continents
280
Land of Faith Oil and Conflict
282
The Arabian Peninsula
284
The Middle East Core
285
The Lay of the Holy Land
286
Israel the Palestinian Territories and Jordan
287
Lebanon and Syria
288
Iraq
289
Ottoman and Persian Domains
291
The Rugged and Populous Subregion
292
Turkey
293
Cyprus
294
Transcaucasia
295
Afghanistan and the stans
296
Mountains and Deserts
297
The Ethnic Web
298
The Five stans
299
Whats Next?
300
South Asia The Mighty Subcontinent
301
The Very Long Road to the Present
302
Independence and Partition
304
From the Bay of Bengal to the Top of the World
305
India
306
India After Independence
307
Born and Bred in Conflict
308
PostPartition Pakistan
309
The Kashmir Conflict
310
Mountain Monarchies and Island Nations
312
Bhutan
313
Sri Lanka
314
The Maldives
315
Pakistans Northwest Frontier Province
316
Southeast Asia Spice Islands and Golden Pagodas
317
Whats in a Place Name?
318
Ancient Kingdoms
319
European Colonization
321
Thailand
322
Laos
323
Cambodia
324
Vietnam
325
Malaysia
326
Indonesia
327
Brunei
328
East Timor
329
Physical Facts
330
The Waters
331
The Islands
332
The Mix of Peoples
333
Indonesia New Terrorist Haven?
334
The Vast Pacific
335
The Worlds Oceans
336
The NotSoPeaceful Giant
337
Island Origins
338
Countries in an Endless Ocean
340
Micronesia
342
Polynesia
344
Miscellaneous Islands
347
Rising Sea Levels
348
The Frozen Poles
349
Defining the Polar Regions
350
Making National Claims
352
Looking at Polar Similarities and Differences
353
Taking a Closer Look at the Poles
354
Which One Is Land?
355
Where Are the Polar Bears Seals and Penguins?
356
Night and Day
357
A Global Overview
359
Coping with Population
361
A Little About Demographics
362
Six Billion and Counting
363
More People Less Food
364
The Green Revolution
365
Disease Rats and Superbugs
366
The Demographic Transition
367
Stage I
368
Stage III
369
Healing the Atmosphere
371
Anatomy of the Atmosphere
372
Global Warming
373
The Greenhouse Effect
374
Consequences of Global Warming
375
Is Global Warming Fact or Fiction?
376
Ozone Depletion or Pass the Sunblock
377
Acid Rain
378
Nuclear Fallout
379
Energy for the TwentyFirst Century
381
Here Today Gone Tomorrow
382
The Nuclear Card?
383
Here Today Here Again Tomorrow
384
Harnessing the Wind
386
The Dawning of the Hydrogen Economy
387
Fuel Cells
388
Working to Save the Earth
389
Taxing the Worlds Oceans
390
Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink
391
Quenching the Worlds Thirst
392
The Causes and Consequences of Deforestation
393
The Vegetarian Variation
394
Country Statistics
397
Index
405
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Joseph Gonzalez has more than 25 years of experience as a reference book editor and writer. He spent 15 years on the editorial staff at Reader's Digest, and is the co-owner of an Internet antique map dealership, www.fairmaps.com.Michael D. Smith is a geographic information systems (GIS) analyst with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in Baton Rouge. Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in geography from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and is currently finishing his Master's degree in physical geography. He is a member of the American Geographers and the Canadian Association of Geographers.

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