Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States (New York Review Books Classics)

By George R. Stewart

George R. Stewart’s vintage learn of place-naming within the usa used to be written in the course of international warfare II as a tribute to the numerous history of the nation’s peoples. greater than part a century later, Names at the Land continues to be the authoritative resource on its topic, whereas Stewart’s intimate wisdom of the USA and love of anecdote make his publication a different and pleasant window on American background and social life.

Names at the Land is an interesting and wonderfully distinctive landscape of language in motion. Stewart opens with the 1st ecu names in what might later be the United States—Ponce de León’s flowery Florída, Cortés’s semi-mythical isle of California, and the crimson Rio Colorado—before occurring to discover New England, New Amsterdam, and New Sweden, the French and the Russian legacies, and the not likely contributions of all people from border ruffians to Boston Brahmins. those full of life pages study the place and why Indian names have been more likely to be retained; nineteenth-century fads that gave upward push to dozens of Troys and Athens and to suburban Parksides, Brookmonts, and Woodcrest Manors; and deep and enduring mysteries reminiscent of why “Arkansas” is Arkansaw, other than after all whilst it isn’t.

Names at the Land will interact someone who has ever questioned on the curious names scattered around the American map. Stewart’s resolution is often a story—one of the numerous tales that lie at the back of the wealthy and unusual variety of america.

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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition

By Erik Westra

If you are skilled in Python here is a chance to get deep into Geospatial improvement, linking info to international destinations. No past wisdom required - this booklet takes you thru all of it, step via step.


  • Build your individual whole and complicated mapping functions in Python.
  • Walks you thru the method of establishing your individual on-line procedure for viewing and modifying geospatial data
  • Practical, hands-on educational that teaches you all approximately geospatial improvement in Python

In Detail

Geospatial improvement hyperlinks your info to locations at the Earth’s floor. Writing geospatial courses contains projects corresponding to grouping information by way of place, storing and examining quite a lot of spatial info, appearing complicated geospatial calculations, and drawing colourful interactive maps. so one can do that good, you’ll desire applicable instruments and strategies, in addition to a radical figuring out of geospatial strategies comparable to map projections, datums and coordinate systems.

Python Geospatial improvement, moment version teaches you every little thing you want to learn about writing geospatial purposes utilizing Python. No earlier wisdom of geospatial recommendations, instruments or concepts is needed. The publication publications you thru the method of putting in and utilizing numerous toolkits, acquiring geospatial information to be used on your courses, and construction whole and complicated geospatial purposes in Python.

Python Geospatial improvement teaches you every little thing you want to learn about writing geospatial purposes utilizing Python. No previous wisdom of geospatial strategies, instruments or ideas is needed. The e-book courses you thru the method of putting in and utilizing numerous toolkits, acquiring geospatial information to be used on your courses, and construction whole and complicated geospatial purposes in Python.

This e-book presents an summary of the key geospatial innovations, information assets and toolkits. It teaches you the way to shop and entry spatial facts utilizing Python, how you can practice various spatial calculations, and the way to shop spatial facts in a database. simply because maps are such an incredible element of geospatial programming, the publication teaches you the way to construct your individual "slippy map" interface inside an internet program, and finishes with the unique development of a geospatial facts editor utilizing Geodjango.

Whether you must write speedy utilities to resolve spatial difficulties, or advance subtle net functions dependent round maps and geospatial information, this e-book contains every thing you must know.

What you are going to research from this book

  • Access, manage and reveal geospatial facts from inside your Python programs
  • Master the center geospatial strategies of situation, distance, devices, projections and datums
  • Read and write geospatial facts in either vector and raster format
  • Perform advanced, real-world geospatial calculations utilizing Python
  • Store and entry geospatial info in a database
  • Use issues, strains and polygons inside of your Python programs
  • Use Python-based instruments for changing geospatial information into reliable having a look maps
  • Build whole web-based mapping functions utilizing Python


This is an academic kind e-book that would train utilization of Python instruments for GIS utilizing basic sensible examples after which help you construct an entire mapping program from scratch. The publication assumes easy wisdom of Python. No wisdom of Open resource GIS is required.

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National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

By National Geographic

During this remarkable e-book of visible wonders, nationwide Geographic finds a global only a few could have the opportunity to work out for themselves. Shot through many of the world's most interesting photographers, New York Times bestseller Rarely Seen beneficial properties notable photographs of locations, occasions, common phenomena, and artifical heirlooms seldom noticeable via human eyes. it is all the following: 30,000-year-old cave artwork sealed from the general public; animals which are one of the final in their species in the world; volcanic lightning; massive crystals that experience grown to greater than 50 lots; the engraving within Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. With an creation by way of nationwide Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose paintings has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the inner most caves of Papua New Guinea, Rarely Seen captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, usual wonders, and little-seen gadgets from the a ways reaches of the globe.

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Visualizing Physical Geography (Visualizing Series)

By Alan H. Strahler, Zeeya Merali

This debut version of Visualizing actual Geography encompasses the technological know-how of actual geography from neighborhood to worldwide scales, utilizing a uniquely visible method of take scholars on a trip from the head layers of the Earth’s surroundings to the rocks underlying the sea basins to the forests of the farthest continents. As scholars discover the serious themes of actual geography, their examine of the weather, floor beneficial properties, and habitats around the globe makes use of easy ideas of ecology, geology, chemistry, environmental technology, biology, and physics and lots of different disciplines. Visualizing actual Geography reinforces those interacting elements and, with its preferable paintings application (in partnership with National Geographic), vividly illustrates the interconnectedness of actual tactics that weave jointly to create our planet’s dynamic floor and atmosphere. 
Visualizing Geography is predicated seriously at the integration of National Geographic and different visuals with textual content to explain strategies for college kids and solidify their realizing of them. The aim is to aid scholars comprehend the realm round them and interpret what they see in a significant, actual and fascinating approach. The content material, layout and format of the textual content takes good thing about the total capability within which scholars technique details – visible in addition to verbal.  
Visualizing Geography additionally is helping scholars learn their very own own learning and studying kinds with a number of new pedagogical aids -- encouraging scholars to use what they're studying to their daily lives. Visualizing Geography keeps to supply ongoing learn suggestions and mental recommendations for getting to know the material.  most significantly scholars are supplied with quite a few possibilities to instantly entry their understanding.  

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Thailand (Modern World Nations (Hardcover))

By Douglas A Phillips

Thailand is among the most lovely international locations on this planet. It additionally faces significant demanding situations. Prostitution, medications, and HIV/AIDS are major social concerns. Environmental difficulties comprise deforestation, and water and pollution. This booklet investigates those matters, in addition to the actual, cultural and social positive aspects of this rising country.

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Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects

By Tim Cresswell, Peter Merriman

Over the last fifteen years or so, there was a common and lengthening fascination with the subject of mobility around the social sciences and arts. after all, geographers have regularly had an curiosity in mobility, yet as but they've got no longer seen this within the related 'mobility flip' as in different disciplines the place it's been used to critique the normal methods to the topics. this article brings jointly top teachers to supply a revitalised 'geography of mobilities' educated by way of this wider 'mobility turn'. It makes connections among the doubtless disparate sub-disciplinary worlds of migration, shipping and tourism, suggesting that every has a lot to benefit from one another during the ontological and epistemological problem for mobility.

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Between the Sunset and the Sea: A View of 16 British Mountains

By Simon Ingram

Simon Ingram takes us excessive into Britain’s so much forbidding and marvelous wild areas via all of the seasons of the 12 months – from the 1st blush of spring to the darkest chunk of the mountain winter.

In the overdue 18th century, mountains shifted from being universally reviled to changing into the main inspiring issues in the world. easily placed, the monsters turned muses – and a complete inventive flow used to be born. This circulation turned a love affair, the affection affair turned an obsession, and steadily yet without doubt, obsession grew to become way of life as mountains grew to become stitched into the cloth of the British cultural tapestry.

In his compelling new publication, Simon Ingram explores how mountains turned this type of preoccupation for the trendy western mind's eye, weaving his personal adventures right into a strong narrative which gives one of those experiential hit checklist for those who don’t have the time nor the desire to climb one thousand mountains.

For a few of these mountains, the main notable factor approximately them can be the adventure they’ve taken to get right here. Others, the stories of technological know-how, endeavour and paintings that experience performed out on their slopes. The mythology they’re sopping wet in. The heritage they’ve obvious. The genius they’ve encouraged. the risk that attracts humans to them. The lifestyles that clusters round them, human and in a different way. the extraordinary climate they conjure. the journey they gas. the way in which that a few increase the hairs at the again of your neck, and set off robust, unusual feelings. And furthermore, what they’re wish to be amidst, lower than, on – simply what that indefinable caliber is that the British mountains wield which takes ownership of you so powerfully, and not is going away.

From Beinn Dearg to Ben Nevis, Ingram takes us on a trip spanning 16 of Britain’s so much evocative mountainous landscapes, and what they suggest to us today.

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City (Key Ideas in Geography)

By Phil Hubbard

City offers an available but serious advent to at least one of the major recommendations in human geography. constantly on the middle of discussions in social concept, the definition and specification of ‘the urban’ still is still illusive. during this quantity, Phil Hubbard locates the concept that of ‘the urban’ inside of present traditions of social inspiration, delivering a foundation for realizing its various usages and meanings via a severe dialogue of the contribution of key authors and thinkers.

Written in a full of life and obtainable variety, the person chapters of City provide a thematic evaluate of 4 dominant methods of imminent towns:

  • as lived-in places
  • as imagined spaces
  • as networks of association
  • as applied sciences of flow.

Drawing on a various diversity of literatures and case reports, the e-book spells out the significance of a geographical standpoint at the urban, suggesting that it is just by means of bringing those alternative ways of mapping the town jointly that we will be able to start to make experience of cities.

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The Coastlines of the World with Google Earth: Understanding our Environment (Coastal Research Library)

Far away shorelines, unique islands or adventurous sea voyages -  coasts are the vacation spot of goals for hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. huge numbers of individuals additionally name coasts their domestic; in lots of nations a slim coastal strip is densely populated making those locations at risk of marine ordinary risks corresponding to storms or tsunamis. The ebook Coastlines of the area with Google Earth goals to attract people's awareness (within and outdoors of the technology group) in the direction of coastal sciences  and spark curiosity  for the extreme range and sweetness of coastal environments. The ebook illustrates the interesting number of coastal landscapes utilizing photographs from Google Earth's digital globe that permit us to discover the realm and display wisdom and functions of coastal technology in lots of diverse fields in a fascinating visible tour.

The booklet of Anja and Sander Scheffers and Dieter Kelletat is a real cornucopia for everybody, either scientists and laymen, attracted to coastal geomorphology. at the one hand, it records the large importance of Google Earth for coastal technological know-how matters and exhibits how robust this device is for visualizing coastal positive aspects  and approaches. nevertheless, the reader will get a brilliant perception within the many sorts of coastal technology and its functions. this is often very true in regards to coastal dangers comparable to severe occasions and worldwide sea point upward push understanding that the vulnerability of coastal zones has dramatically elevated in the past a long time. the truth that the booklet is so beautiful and encouraging to either novices and specialists is additionally end result of the large adventure that the authors have won in the course of their manifold study activities.
Andreas Vött, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

This ebook may have nice entice coastal researchers, at either starting and complicated phases, since it integrates Google satellite tv for pc imagery with coastal marine class and in-depth experiences via the authors from many components of the realm. The world’s sea coast is easily represented during this ebook which has a really international viewpoint of  specified, dramatic and typical coastal landforms. The authors in collaboration with the writer have ready a really good-looking quantity that may without doubt develop into a vintage within the fullness of time. This e-book represents one of many first efforts to make use of Google pictures in a systematic demeanour to demonstrate the variety of coastal morphologies on a world foundation. The plethora of colour satellite tv for pc photographs, block diagrams, and indirect images makes this e-book a beneficial source for a big selection of experts that may are looking to have convenient entry to this particular paintings. This coastal compendium is an illustrated journey de strength that belongs on researchers' bookshelves in addition to on espresso tables for informal enjoyment. 
Charles Finkl, Florida Atlantic collage, Boca Raton, FL, USA

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Forgotten Footprints: Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica

By John Harrison

A mixture of background, geography, fable, and private fact, this booklet explores the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and the Weddell Sea—the so much visited areas in Antarctica. choked with appealing photos by way of the writer from his travels, this checklist deals a range of anecdotal money owed of the merchantmen, military males, sealers, whalers, and aviators who, besides scientists and adventurers, drew the 1st ghostly maps of the White Continent. It delves into the heads and hearts of these who have been pushed to find the unknown land and is perfect for the armchair traveller who desires to discover the continent’s prior and present.

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