World Geography integrates physical, human, and economic geography. It is designed to meet the needs of students from middle school through college and takes an integrated approach. It divides its space nearly equally among essays on physical, human, and economic geography and attempts to show the interconnections among these subjects.
The articles are organized topically and distributed among eight volumes, whose basic arrangement is itself geographical. To make this reference set easy to use, the contents of its first seven volumes are similarly organized. The first part of each volume contains regional overviews, followed by sections on physical, human, and economic geography.
The first volume opens with an additional section on the nature of geography. Each of the next six volumes opens with a section on regional geography. The second parts of volumes 1-7 all contain substantial gazetteers, each with hundreds of brief entries on individual places covered within the volumes. The gazetteers of the six regional volumes cover their regions; the gazetteer in volume 1 covers the world's oceans and major land masses.
Geography is both a physical and a social science, and among social sciences it is unique in the demands it makes for visual support. For this reason, World Geography has well over 100 maps, more than 1000 photographs, and scores of other graphical elements. In addition, the essays are punctuated with more than 500 textual sidebars and tables, which call attention to especially important or interesting points.
The eight volumes are divided as follows:
- Volume 1: Basic Geographical Concepts, World Overview
- Volume 2: North American and the Caribbean
- Volume 3: South and Central America
- Volume 4: Africa
- Volume 5: Europe
- Volume 6: Asia
- Volume 7: Australia, Oceania, and the Antarctic
- Volume 8: Book-Length Glossary, Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography, Appendixes Summarizing Global Data, and a Comprehensive Index