A unique introduction to the holistic view of the Earth. Stresses the systems approach, showing the energy flows and links between the Earth's different parts--the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and the solid Earth--and the balance in the global environment that exists as a result of these interactions. Every chapter opens with a topical essay dealing with research on the subject matter and closes with a guest essay written by a researcher in the field. Special attention has been paid to select full-color artwork and photographs which illuminate discussions.
A highly colorful textbook that introduces the science which studies the whole Earth as a system of many interacting parts and focuses on the changes within and between these parts. The volume is divided into six parts: the Earth in space; the Earth beneath our feet; the Earth's blanket of water and ice; the Earth's gaseous envelope; and the dynamics of life on Earth. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
THE EARTH IN SPACE.
The Earth System.
Fellow Travelers in Space: Earth's Nearest Neighbors.
The Sun, Giver of Life.
THE EARTH BENEATH OUR FEET.
Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior.
Minerals and Rocks.
The Heat Within: Magmas and Volcanoes.
The Earth's Evolving Crust.
THE EARTH'S BLANKET OF WATER AND ICE.
Water on the Land.
The World of Snow and Ice.
The World Ocean.
THE EARTH'S GASEOUS ENVELOPE.
Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere.
Winds, Weather, and Deserts.
The Earth's Changing Climate.
A Planetary Perspective on Life.
Geochemistry and Life.
Biological Evolution and the History of the Biosphere.
LIVING ON THE EARTH.
Resources from the Earth.
The Changing Face of the Land.
Global Change: A Planet Under Stress.