Third Edition

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ISBN 1-881883-10-8 (pb) (acid-free paper) ISBN 0-7923-5901-1 (hb) (acid-free paper)

Cover photo of Earth from Space: View of Africa and the Indian Ocean taken in Dec. 7972, by Apollo 17, the last of the Apollo missions to explore the Moon. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Cover design by leonine Newcomb and Joy Saiaguchi.

Published jointly by Microcosm Press 401 Coral Circle, El Segundo. CA 90245-4622 USA and

Kluwer Academic Publishers, P.O. Box 17,3300 AA Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Kluwer Academic Publishers incorporates the publishing programmes of D. Reidel, Martinus Nijhoff, Dr. W. Junk and MTP Press.

Sold and distributed in the USA and Canada by Microcosm, Inc. 401 Coral Circle, El Segundo, CA 90245-4622 USA and Kluwer Academic Publishers, 101 Philip Drive, Norwell, MA 02061 USA

In all other countries, sold and distributed by Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322,3300 AA Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Printed on acid-free paper

All Rights Reserved © 1999 Microcosm, lac. and WJ. Larson Seventh Printing, 2005 No part of the material protected by this copyright notice may be reproduced or utilized In any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the copyright owner.

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