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I Used to Know That - Geography: Stuff You Forget from School    by Will Williams & Caroline Taggart order for
I Used to Know That - Geography
by Will Williams
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Readers Digest, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I Used to Know That - Geography: Stuff You Forget from School by Will Williams and Caroline Taggart is one of a series that includes coverage of 'stuff you forget from school' in general, Shakespeare and the U.S. Civil War.

Now I have to admit that geography was never my strong subject in school, so that I approached this title with some trepidation. But the initial quote - Jimmy Buffett's 'Without geography, you're nowhere' made me chuckle, and I found the headings in the Table of Contents unintimidating. Chapters cover the map: Welcome to Planet Earth; Water, Water Everywhere; North America; South America; Asia; Europe; Africa, Australia/Oceania; and Antarctica.

Along with the information in each chapter, which is well organized and accessible, Geo Gems are interspersed throughout, for example one telling us that 90% of the world's volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. I learned are that the Earth breathes; that Canada has the longest coastline of any country; that oceans are salty because fresh water flows into them; that Incan society had more than 6 million people; that Iceland is one big volcano; that about 200 people become crocodile dinner each year in Africa; and that the South Pole shifts about five miles annually.

But dive in to I Used to Know That - Geography yourself and find the tidbits that fascinate you; there are plenty that I forgot from school and many that I didn't know at all.

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