Offering a brief treatment of the elements of physical geography without sacrificing scientific content, Elemental Geosystems has been crafted to provide an accessible, systematic, and visually appealing start in physical geography. It is organized with a logical progression around the flow of energy, materials, and information to present topics in the same sequence in which they occur in nature. Engaging examples and applications of current events unfold as the author tells the story of modern Earth systems science. Climate change coverage incorporates the most current data available, and climate change science appears throughout where relevant impacts are important.
Foundations of 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; Tectonics, 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; Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps; The Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC); The Köppen Climate Classification System; Common Conversions.
A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about 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.