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Physical Geography Reference Sources
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Physical Geography Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Examples
Examples of resources that provide background information on Physical topics and which explain terminology used within the discipline. Geography
A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences [PRINT] by Coverage of the earth sciences and related topics. Includes geology, planetary science, oceanography, palaeontology, mineralogy, and volcanology, as well as climatology, geochemistry, and petrology.This new edition has been fully updated and 150 new entries added, with expanded coverage of geology and planetary geology terms.
Call Number: UofL Reference Collection QE 5 D55 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Encyclopedia of Geomorphology [ELECTRONIC RESOURCE] by Geomorphology, the discipline which analyzes the history and nature of the earth's surface, deals with the landforms produced by erosion, weathering, deposition, transport and tectonic processes. In recent decades there have been major developments in the discipline and these are reflected in this major Encyclopedia, the first such reference work in the field to be published for thirty-five years. Encyclopedia of Geomorphologyhas been produced in association with the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and has a truly global perspective. The entries have been written by an international editorial team of contributors, drawn from over thirty countries, who are all among the leading experts in the discipline. In two lavishly illustrated volumes, Encyclopediacontains nearly 700 alphabetically organized entries to provide a comprehensive guide both to specific landforms and to the major types of geomorphological processes that create them. The Encyclopediaalso demonstrates the major developments that have taken place in recent years in our knowledge of tectonic and climatic changes and in the use of new techniques such as modelling, remote sensing and process measurement. Older concepts, however, are not forgotten and provide an historical perspective on the development of ideas. Both accessible and authoritative, Encyclopedia of Geomorphologyis destined to become the definitive resource for students, researchers and applied practitioners in the field of geomorphology and the cognate disciplines of geography, earth science, sedimentology and environmental science.
Call Number: UofL Electronic Resource GB 400.3 E53 2003eb
Publication Date: 2004
Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs [ELECTRONIC RESOURCE] by Lakes and reservoirs hold about 90% of the world's surface fresh water, but overuse, water withdrawal and pollution of these bodies puts some one billion people at risk. The Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs reviews the physical, chemical and ecological characteristics of lakes and reservoirs, and describes their uses and environmental state trends in different parts of the world. Superbly illustrated throughout, it includes some 200 entries in a range of topics, including acidification, artificialisation, canals, climate change effects, dams, dew ponds, drainage, eutrofication, evaporation, fisheries, hydro-electric power, nutrients, organic pollution, paleolimnology, reservoir capacities and depths, sedimentation, water resources and more.
Call Number: UofL Electronic Resource GB 1601.4 E53 2012eb
Publication Date: 2012
Peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies for GEOGRAPHY topics as well as other subject areas. Bibliographies are browsable by subject area and keyword searchable.
Geography : Topic Overview
Geography is the study of the field of knowledge relating to the temporal and spatial dimensions of the processes that shape the Earth’s surface. Implicit within geography as a discipline is an emphasis on ways that diverse systems interact over time, producing particular landscapes in particular places. [ continue reading full entry in reference work]
SOURCE: "Geography." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 303-306. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Aug. 2015.