eBook Earth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features, 1st Edition

  • Joyce A. Quinn
  • Susan L. Woodward
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  • ISBN-10: 1610694465
  • ISBN-13: 9781610694469
  • DDC: 910.0203
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 840 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released June 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015
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With Earth undergoing rapid environmental change, students and the general public alike should be knowledgeable about the world's geographic features. This authoritative, two-volume reference enables readers do just that. It describes continents and oceans; individual mountains, islands, caves, and rivers; and ecological entities such as wildlife refuges and national parks. Each entry provides a geographic overview of the feature's significance, location, description, geologic history, biota, protected areas, and environmental issues. But the coverage goes even deeper so that entries also discuss the cultural importance of each natural place, covering everything from indigenous beliefs to traditional folklore to contemporary legends. The encyclopedia stands apart from other works not only in the depth of its coverage but also in its range. It discusses lesser known as well as prominent geographical features and offers critical thinking aids that will help students see how the natural world relates to their daily lives. Teaching and learning tools include an appendix called "Opposing Viewpoints" that allows students to understand landforms involved in current conflicts and disputes as well as an "Activities/Discussion Questions" appendix.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Entries by Geographic Location.
Abbreviations Used.
1: Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain: United States (Maine).
2: Aconcagua: Argentina.
3: Adirondack Mountains and Mount Marcy: United States (New York).
4: Aegean Sea: Mediterranean Sea.
5: Aeolian Islands: Mediterranean Sea.
6: Afar Triangle and the Danakil Depression: Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia.
7: Africa.
8: African Rainforest: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia.
9: Aggtelek and Slovak Karst: Slovakia and Hungary.
10: Aleutian Islands: Pacific Ocean.
11: Altai Mountains: Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China.
12: Altar Desert (Gran Desierto de Altar): Mexico.
13: Altiplano-Puna: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
14: Amazon Rainforest: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
15: Amazon River: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.
16: Amur River System: Russia.
17: Anatolian Plateau: Turkey.
18: Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Indian Ocean.
19: Andes Mountains: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
20: Angel Falls: Venezuela.
21: Antarctic Islands: Southern Ocean.
22: Antarctic Peninsula: Antarctica.
23: Antarctica.
24: Apennine Mountains: Italy.
25: Appalachian Mountains: Canada and United States (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama).
26: Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon.
27: Arabian Sea: Indian Ocean.
28: Aral Sea: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
29: Aran Islands: Ireland.
30: Arches National Park: United States (Utah).
31: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: United States (Alaska).
32: Arctic Ocean.
33: Ascension Island: Atlantic Ocean.
34: Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park: United States (Nebraska).
35: Asia.
36: Atacama Desert: Chile.
37: Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica): Brazil.
38: Atlantic Ocean.
39: Atlas Mountains: Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
40: Australia.
41: Azores Archipelago: North Atlantic Ocean.
42: Badlands National Park: United States (South Dakota).
43: Baffin Island: Arctic Ocean.
44: The Bahamas: Atlantic Ocean.
45: Baja California Peninsula: Mexico.
46: Baltic Sea: Atlantic Ocean.
47: Basin and Range Physiographic Province: United States (Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) and Mexico.
48: Bay of Bengal: Indian Ocean.
49: Bay of Fundy: Canada.
50: Belize Barrier Reef: Belize.
51: Ben Nevis: United Kingdom (Scotland).
52: Bering Sea: Pacific Ocean.
53: Bering Strait and Bering Land Bridge: Arctic and Pacific Oceans.
54: Bermuda: North Atlantic Ocean.
55: Bialowieza Primeval Forest: Poland and Belarus.
56: Bioluminescent Bays: Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
57: Black Forest and Vosges: Germany and France.
58: Black Hills: United States (South Dakota and Wyoming).
59: Black Sea and Sea of Azov: Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, and Turkey.
60: Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) River: China, India, and Bangladesh.
61: Brazilian Highlands: Brazil.
62: Bryce Canyon National Park: Utah (United States).
63: Caatinga: Brazil.
64: Calvert Cliffs: United States (Maryland).
65: Cambrian Mountains: United Kingdom (Wales).
66: Canadian Arctic Archipelago: Arctic Ocean.
67: Canary Islands: Atlantic Ocean.
68: Cantabrian Mountains: Spain.
69: Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket: United States (Massachusetts).
70: Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos): Chile.
71: Cape May National Wildlife Refuge: United States (New Jersey).
72: Cape Verde Islands: Atlantic Ocean.
73: Caribbean Sea: Atlantic Ocean.
74: Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains: United States (New Mexico and Texas).
75: Caroline Islands: Micronesia, Pacific Ocean.
76: Carpathian Beech Forests: Slovakia, Ukraine, and Germany.
77: Carpathian Mountains: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and Romania.
78: Cascade Mountains: Canada and United States (Washington, Oregon, and California).
79: Casiquiare River: Venezuela.
80: Caspian Sea: Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Azerbaijan.
81: Catskill Mountains: United States (New York).
82: Caucasus Mountains: Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
83: Cave of the Crystals (Cueva de los Cristales): Mexico.
84: Central American Isthmus: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
85: Central Asian Deserts—Karakum and Kyzylkum: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
86: Central Valley of Chile: Chile.
87: Cerrado: Brazil.
88: Chang Jiang (Yangtze River): China.
89: Chapada Diamantina: Brazil.
90: Chesapeake Bay: United States (Maryland and Virginia).
91: Chevé Cave System (Sistema Chevé): Mexico.
92: Chicxulub Crater: Mexico.
93: Chihuahuan Desert: United States (Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) and Mexico.
94: Chiloé Island, the Chonos Archipelago, and the Valdivian Temperate Rainforest: Chile.
95: Chimborazo: Ecuador.
96: Chitwan National Park: Nepal.
97: Chocó: Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.
98: Cockpit Country: Jamaica.
99: Colima Volcano (Volcán Colima de Fuego): Mexico.
100: Colorado Plateau: United States (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado).
101: Colorado River System: United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) and Mexico.
102: Columbia Icefield: Canada.
103: Columbia Plateau: United States (Oregon and Washington).
104: Columbia River: United States (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming) and Canada.