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Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition [Hardcover]

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Offers 48,000 entries on countries, states, cities, natural landforms, and bodies of water, with information on history, population, and location

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Fully revised edition A comprehensive guide to the ley political and physical features of today's world. Convenient alphabetical listing of more than 54,000 entries includes 250 detailed maps, more than 130 easy-to-use tables, world population figures culled from the most recent census bureau data, and essential coverage of important historical events.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition by Merriam-Webster has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 639
  • Booklist - 08/01/1997 page 1928
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 691
  • American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2000 page 168
  • Rec Ref Bks for Small/Med Libr - 01/01/2000 page 92
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 281
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 401
  • Library Journal - 07/01/1999
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 353
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 701
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 525
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 889

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Merriam-Webster
Pages   1361
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 7.5" Height: 10"
Weight:   3.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Merriam-Webster
ISBN  0877795460  
ISBN13  9780877795469  

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More About Merriam-Webster

Merriam Webster Merriam-Webster, Inc., which was originally the G & C Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is an American company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828).

Merriam-Webster, Inc. has been a subsidiary of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. since 1964.

Merriam-Webster has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
  2. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Laminated)
  3. Pocket Reference Library

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Far from complete........  Oct 23, 2007
In a description of the Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, it states that this volume lists "more than 48,000 alphabetically arranged entries of mountains, lakes, towns, and countries." I had to check whether mountains were indeed included, as my first searches of prominent places in the Andes were not successful using this volume.

This reference has received many accolades here so I was looking forward to getting the copy I ordered as part of my reference books. But after a cursory examination, I must say that my first impression is one of disappointment, rather than accolades.

I looked first for several places in South America where I have been in years past and am familiar with, as I am sure this is what most people do with this volume when they first receive it. When I looked up Alpamayo, a mountain in Peru, it was not in the book at all. This is not just any old mountain. Alpamayo was named the "most beautiful mountain the world" by a German Mountaineering Club in the 1920's or 1930's. In addition, Alpamayo was declared "the most beautiful mountain in the world" by UNESCO in 1966. And the mountain you see when a movie made by Paramount pictures comes on the big screen? You guessed it......that is Alpamayo. So imagine my surprise when it was not listed in the book.

Also, Huascaran, the second highest mountain in South America, was not listed at all. I had to do a double check to believe this. Huaraz, the city that is an embarkation point into the Andes of Peru was listed, but Huascaran was not.

Again, these were only preliminary and cursory checks, but these are not just any mountains or places on a map. They are significant points of interest which were entirely omitted from a book devoted to geographical points of interest. And if these are not in the book, what else has been ommitted?

Like a Steady, Reliable Friend.   Feb 15, 2007
I have used this book as a reliable geographical reference for years and never found it wanting. Both historic and modern places and geographic features are included. I have found everything I needed, from Ash Flat to Pskov.

The appendix contains a thorough table of geographical terms in languages other than English, as well as a useful glossary.
Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary  Jul 3, 2006
The dictionary was delivered as promised and in excellent condition. I consider this site to be a great site and I will order from them again in the future.
Comparison between 1988 and 2001 Editions  Apr 20, 2006
I had been using the 1988 edition without the need to update my library with the Second Edition until last year. Owing to geopolitical changes since 1988, a more recent edition of Webster's New Geographical Dictionary seemed necessary and the Third Edition was the current version available. The Third Edition contains more current background information (e.g. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), expanded entries (e.g. Palghat), a subtle, easier-to-read font, sidebars, and cleaner maps (e.g. Palestine). That said, if you want more detailed maps or more concise country profiles, you might be better off checking other resource materials such as National Geographic (Magazine maps) and The CIA World Fact Book respectively. Where this boook retains its advantage is that it contains diacritical notation for the proper pronunciation of the place names.
Simply outstanding  May 14, 2004
This is an excellent reference book that covers a myriad of geographical locations. The maps are also excellent. I highly recommend this book. A previous reviewer claims that the editors made an egregious mistake by including Slovenia as part of the Balkan states. Maybe that person should do a little research because virtually every resource, including Microsoft Encarta, includes Slovenia in the Balkans. And yes, the Ottomans did conquer Slovenia. The Ottomans had to surrender Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia to the Hapsburgs in 1699. The editors of this book got it right on the money. As for that reviewer -- a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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