I Used to Know That - Geography: Stuff You Forget from School
Will Williams & Caroline Taggart
Readers Digest, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
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,
and the U.S.
ow 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
long with the information in each chapter, which is well organized and accessible,
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.
ut 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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