Both of these books crossed my desk at about the same time and, in a very broad sense, cover somewhat similar topics: using geographic information system (GIS) software and remote sensing as tools to visualize and analyze processes occurring on Earth's surface. That wouldn't normally be a sufficient reason to combine two reviews into one. But here is a good reason: the two books represent a stark contrast in the way publishers, editors, and to some degree the authors who contribute chapters to books elect to present their work.

The volume edited by Mount et al. contains 22 chapters selected...

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