Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation (8th Edition) (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/6/18
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For introductory Physical Geography courses. The only text to focus thematically on landscape appreciation, this best-seller fosters a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear, user-friendly writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy appeal to a wide variety of students. This edition includes the newly revised and expanded Student Animations CD that helps students understand difficult physical processes.
"There is much to recommend this text. It is beautifully produced which makes it a delight to read. There are copious full-colour diagrams. Each chapter is finished with summary, key terms, questions and references. In addition to this, the book also has a series of animations on CD. These are extremely high quality animations which allow some of the more difficult aspects to be explained easily. Overall, this is a highly competent text with much to recommend it. Illustrations and CD are outstanding. ...the book represents a great resource for those needing to know more." Dr Paul S Ganderton, the Teaching Ecology Group's Book Review Editor
With regard to the graphics, the text refers to them often, but more times than not the graphic is not on the page where the referral is (in a few cases, it's not even in the same chapter), causing the reader to constantly be flipping pages to make sense of what the authors are saying. The layout is also all over the place, and in some cases there's a four-line column sandwiched between a picture caption above and a graphic below, and the reader ends up trying to make sense of a paragraph that is completely disjointed before realizing that poor layout caused them to miss a few critical lines that would make the whole idea make sense.
As for the information, the authors all too often say something to the effect of "we'll talk about this later," leaving the reader knowing that this skipped topic is important but still having no grasp of it or how it plays in. And for all the good and interesting information presented, the book has some serious flow issues, making it an alternately difficult and boring read.
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