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Elemental Geosystems

Elemental Geosystems
Author: Robert W. Christopherson
ISBN 13: 9780131497023
ISBN 10: 131497022
Edition: 5th
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication Date: 2006-03-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 620
List Price: $112.40

This book gives readers an accessible, systematic, non-mathematical, and visually appealing start in physical geography. It features a distinctive, holistic integration of human-Earth relationships, an applied flavor, scientific correctness, and superior graphics (remote sensing images) and cartography. A holistic, process approach is used to describe and discuss each physical system. Highlights more than 200 URLs, and features an accompanying CD-ROM with more than 30 animations of key concepts in physical geography.

Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations. Atmospheric Water and Weather. Global Climate Systems. Water Resources. The Dynamic Planet. Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement. River Systems and Landforms. Wind Processes and Desert Landscapes. The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landforms. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes. The Geography of Soils. Ecosystems and Biomes. Earth and the Human Denominator.

For anyone needing a non-mathematical introduction to physical geography.


A condensed, streamlined companion text to the publisher's An Introduction to Physical Geography/>, for general education courses and non-major science students, taking a systems approach. After an overview of foundations of physical geography and tools used in the field, Part I covers the origin of the Solar System and broad global patterns and Part II presents material on hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, and climate. Part II discusses the Earth's crust, and Part IV examines soils, plants, animals, major terrestrial biomes, and stewardship. Includes color photos, diagrams, and maps, key concepts and terms, a glossary, and boxes on environmental issues and new applications in geography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.