Synopses & Reviews
Harm de Blijs Geography Book In a myriad of stunning ways, the Earth is changing every hour of every day. Populations mushroom in megacities from Mexico City to Calcutta. A "blizzard of the century" is preceded by a hundred-year storm and followed by the worst flooding on record. Satellite data and computer cartography track significant shifts in ocean currents. What is the common denominator of all this change? What throws the most light on its meaning? This book answers both questions with one word: geography. Harm de Blij, one of the worlds leading geographers, offers a unique, wide-angle look at our remarkable world from geographys grand perspective. The result is a blend of powerful ideas, delightful insight, and precise information that can be the keys to coping with it all. Known to millions as the geography editor of Good Morning America, Dr. de Blij first takes us on a personal exploration of the world of maps, landscape, weather, cities, capitals, and boundaries, offering hundreds of facts and penetrating interpretations of the worlds most intriguing phenomena along the way. He then spans the globe, exploring the meaning of Russias failing federation, the forces underlying China and Japans coming challenge, Europes tenuous union, and the emerging new world order. His provocative observations and incisive analyses are must reading for anyone concerned about the future of our planet. Richly informative, warmly anecdotal, effectively enhanced by eye-opening maps, charts, and appendices of essential world facts and figures, Harm de Blijs Geography Book is a resounding argument for the importance of geography and an irresistible antidote to geographic illiteracy.
Praise for Harm de Blij "Televisions first geography correspondent
is a worldly authority who covers major news events by explaining how each one has been influenced by geography." TV Guide "A big-league crowd pleaser who explains terra incognita for the legions who failed Cradle of Civilization 101 the first time around." People magazine "Start a world crisis, and de Blij will take to the airwaves explaining its geographic background." Washington magazine "Geography is the science of place. Its vision is grand, its view panoramic. It sweeps the surface of the Earth, charting the physical, organic, and cultural terrains
Harm de Blij has reminded us of the matching valence of erudition and beauty in science and its communication." Science "De Blijs former students are more than happy to talk about the influence he had on them. Students from the 1960snow professors, deans, and department chairsspeak of his charisma, intellect, and spellbinding lectures as if they had just walked out of his classroom." Miami magazine
About the Author
HARM DE BLIJ, Ph.D., is the Geography Editor on Good Morning America. The former Distinguished Professor of Geography in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he is also the senior author of the leading college geography textbook, Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts.
Table of Contents
Geography means wider worlds --Maps: the language of geography --The geography behind landscape --Doing something about the weather --Cities --Capital geography --Boundaries: neighbors good and bad --People, people everywhere --Dividing up the oceans --State of irrelevance? --Russia's failing federation --The coming challenge of China --A United States of Europe? --Shaping the new world order --Appendices:Nations in the world, UN member states, and US diplomatic relations, as of Nov. 1, 1994 ;Area and demographic data for the world's states ;Earth's extremes ;The ten largest lakes ;The ten deepest lakes ;The ten largest seas ;The ten largest islands ;The ten longest rivers ;The ten greatest waterfalls (volume of water) ;The ten highest mountains ;The highest elevations by continent ;The ten largest deserts ;The coldest cities ;The hottest cities ;The wettest cities ;The driest cities ;Outstanding U.S. geographic facts.