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First Book of Physical Geography
A once-popular textbook of the "New Physical Geography" which the author presents "in its more modern aspect." A well-illustrated technical work summarizing the field as it was understood at the time.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published 1897 by MacMillan
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Preternaturally dull early textbook on physical geography intended for elementary school students, which goes a long ways toward explaining why so many children lived in dread of the one-room schoolhouse. It's interesting to watch as someone tries to explain the way the world works without grasping tectonic drift, which remarkably wasn't accepted until the 1950s. It's basically a matter of "volcanos and earthquakes tend to happen along these lines, and we don't have a clue why," except with lots ...more