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Columbia Gazetteer of the World

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The Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online provides electronic access to a geographical encyclopedia of names, descriptions, and characteristics of places in the world. Entries include: demography; physical geography; political boundaries; industry, trade, and service activities; agriculture; cultural, historical, and archeological points of interest; transportation lines; longitude, latitude, and elevations; distance to relevant places; pronunciations; official local government place-names and changed or variant names and spellings. The Gazetteer is a valuable tool for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, and environmentalists.

The following categories indicate the scope, coverage and sheer amount of information contained in the Gazetteer:

  • The political world: major geographic regions, counties, provinces, regions, states, districts, capitals, cities, town, villages, neighborhoods, special districts.
  • The physical world: continents, oceans, seas, gulfs, lakes, lagoons, rivers, bays, inlets, channels, streams, islands, archipelagos, peninsulas, atolls, mountains, mountain ranges, canyons, deserts, valleys, glaciers, volcanoes.
  • Special places: national parks, reserves and monuments, historic and archeological sites, resorts, airports, ports, dams, nuclear plants, mines, canals, shopping malls, theme parks, stadia, military bases, fortified lines, mythic places.

Dates Covered

All dates to the present.

Print Counterpart

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World
LOCKWOOD Reference 
UGL/SEL Reference 
CALL NUMBER: G103.5 .C65 1998. 

Other gazetteers: 
Geo-Data: the World Almanac Gazetteer
SEL Book Collection
CALL NUMBER: SEL G103.5 .K87 1983. 

Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary
LOCKWOOD Reference 
UGL/SEL Reference 
CALL NUMBER: G103.5 .W42 1997.

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