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Physiography for Schools

Nature volume 82, pages 335336 (20 January 1910) | Download Citation



THIS book may be looked on as a reduction of the advanced course by the same author. Prof. Salisbury states in his preface that he differs from other writers on physical geography “as to the points upon which emphasis should be laid and the objects to be attained.” But it would require careful reading to find out in what matters of principle this textbook differs from others by American authors, and we fancy that schools will adopt one book or the other rather from some attraction between the teacher and the author than from any preference as to mode of treatment. We miss the “cycle of erosion,” and its accompaniment, the “peneplain,” which have taken quite an affectionate hold upon our minds; but we meet the “mesa” and the “monadnock,” and the really awkward adjective “piedmont,” this last being used without explanation, and applied to certain plains as well as glaciers.

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