Thefirst book that addresses the issues of global change from a true Earth systemsperspective,this new book offers a solid emphasis on lessons from Earthhistory that may guide decision-making in the future. Offersan innovative systems theory approach that allows for a new way of organizinginformation from a variety of disciplines as well as of predicting responses ofsystems to disturbance. Utilizes an Earth history perspective that links theEarth sciences closely with modern global change problems. Includes two boxedfeatures throughout the book that address topical issues related to thematerial in the text, of high appeal and that discuss advanced, especiallyquantitative, treatments. Features several computer modules available on theWorld Wide Web and free when packaged with the book. For Earthscientists who would like a formal introduction to Earth Systems Science.
A non-traditional introductory text for non-science majors, using a top-down approach to unifying principles in the natural sciences. Components of the Earth system are treated with consideration of the interplay among them and interactions with living organisms, and environmental problems such as global warming are understood through past events in Earth's history that illuminate how the Earth system responds under stress. Pedagogical features include chapter overviews and summaries, key terms, review questions, and critical thinking problems, plus boxed readings on recent advances. Includes a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)