"McCoy's well-designed encyclopedia updates the 1989 edition considerably, a necessity in view of changes in central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Africa. Physical geography constitutes this title's greatest strength, making it an ideal complement to Countries of the World and their Leaders or Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, which give more data on cultural and economic geography. Appendixes include its strongest selling point as a ready reference title: 19 world ranking lists, many for limnological, fluvial, oceanic, and elevation features, allowing this volume to serve earth science students as well as general readers. A handy glossary of physiographic terms has been added; typography and binding are first-rate. Highly recommended."
-- Choice (June 2003)