Who were the earliest mapmakers? What makes the
seasons change? What causes violent weather? What exactly is a mineral?
What does a geographer do? The National Geographic Almanac of
Geography provides an answer for every geographic question, from the
history of mapmaking to the migration of people around the world to
topics such as environmental hazards and cultural identity.
This comprehensive, illustrated almanac is packed
with fascinating information about the entire physical world and its
peoples and contains hundreds of photographs, drawings, charts,
sidebars, maps, and more.
The book also provides useful information about
world population, the spread of religion, the growth of cities, the
global economy, and the depletion of natural resources. Looking ahead it
asks: How many people can the Earth support? Where will they live? What
will they do for a living? What languages will they speak? How will the
boundaries of nations change in the 21st century?
The book includes an extensive flags-and-facts
section featuring the flag of every nation in the world, its capital,
territories, physical geography, language, economy, and more. It also
contains an extensive glossary, lists of sources for further reading,
and a complete index.