By James Penn
Rivers of the World, vividly written and meticulously researched, is a wealthy and thorough therapy of a few 2 hundred of the world's rivers.
• prepared in A–Z structure, from the rivers Aare to Ziz
• each one access is prefaced with simple evidence for the river lined, together with river resource, tributaries, outlet, and length
• every one access concludes with feedback for extra reading
• incorporates a complete index and thesaurus of key terms
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