A Modern Dictionary of Geography by John Small, Simon Ross, Michael Witherick

By John Small, Simon Ross, Michael Witherick

Small & Witherick's hugely profitable dictionary has already, in its first 3 variants, proved its price as a finished advisor to the major ideas, options, and terminology of up to date geography. This new, available variation displays advancements within the self-discipline on the grounds that 1995. protecting either human and actual geography, this dictionary is an important reference for undergraduate geography scholars.

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Business cycle Recurrent ups and downs in the level of business in the ECONOMY of a region, country or the world (hence global business cycle) a regular alternation of boom (growth and prosperity) and slump (recession and hardship). Also referred to as a trade cycle. See ACCELERATOR, KDNDRATIEFF CYCLES. business park An area of land, usually located near the RURAL-URBAN FRINGE and with good ACCESSIBILITY, set aside for office development and high-tech companies involved in R&D or producing such things as computer software.

See AGROCHEMICALS. biological (biochemical) demand See BOD. biodiversity A term describing the variety of species, both flora and/or fauna, contained within an ECOSYSTEM. Some ecosystems (such as a tropical RAINFOREST) are characterized by very high biodiversity, while others (such as BOREAL FOREST) have much lower biodiversity. A serious human impact on many ecosystems has been to reduce biodiversity through the extermination of species; the growing number of ENDANGERED SPECIES threatens to reduce biodiversity still further.

GRAVEL. bedding plane The surface separating individual layers of a SEDIMENTARY ROCK such as LIMESTONE, CHALK or SANDSTONE. Bedding planes often take the form of cracks along which underground water can move in a down-Dip direction. They also constitute lines of weakness that can be exploited by WEATHERING processes (for example, FREEZE-THAW WEATHERING), so that well-bedded rocks tend to be relatively unresistant (see MASSIVE). bedrock Solid unweathered rock, underlying the SOIL or REGOLITH. behavioural environment That part of the perceived environment (see ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION) that influences individual behav- Behavioural matrix and locational choice in an industrial situation As a result, they should move downwards and to the right in the matrix.

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