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Physical Geography: Science and Systems of the Human Environment

Physical Geography: Science and Systems of the Human Environment
Author: Alan H. Strahler - Arthur Strahler
ISBN 13: 9780471480532
ISBN 10: 471480533
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2004-04-20
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 816
List Price: $130.34

Experience the breadth and depth of Strahler and the beauty of Earth from Above!

A dromedary caravan sets out across the undulating dunes of the Sahara near Nouakchott, Mauritania. In this extreme environment, these animals play a vital role. Can you imagine a more fascinating journey?

Taken by acclaimed photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, this extraordinary scene is just one of many captivating images of the Earth from Aboveproject.

Now, the new Third Edition of the Strahlers’ Physical Geography features Earth from Above images! Each part and chapter opens with an Earth from Above photo illustrating Photographer Bertrand's unique perspective on the landscape as seen from a low-flying aircraft. This striking collection of special images captures the full glory and diversity of the Earth's environments. From equatorial rainforests to the glaciers of Mount Everest, you see the stunning beauty and pattern of the Earth as you read this book. And, with expanded Eye on the Landscape features, you interact with these and other photos to develop the skills needed to look at the landscape in an informed way.

Other Features

  • Expanded treatment of global change topics, including new Eye on Global Change features that show how our environment is changing.

  • Added "showcase" photo spreads that let you view and compare photos on the same topic.

  • New A Closer Look features that enhance the coverage of a number of topics, including discussions of global change, current environmental events, and natural hazards.

  • More Focus on Remote Sensing features that illustrate how the latest satellite technology is used to learn more about the Earth.

  • A consistent approach to Earth systems, with an emphasis on the integration of topics.

  • offers a rich electronic medium for exploring the core concepts of physical geography and the tools geographers use to answer geographic questions.


A text for a one- or two-semester course in introductory physical geography, for majors and nonmajors with a high school science background. Contains sections on weather and climate systems, the solid earth, landform evolution, and soils and the biosphere, with an epilogue on physical geography, environment, and global changes. Learning features includes chapter summaries, key terms, review and essay questions, and problems and answers, plus color photos. Emphasis is on readability and a real-world context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.