Environmental Geography: Science, Land Use, and Earth Systems / Edition 3

Environmental Geography: Science, Land Use, and Earth Systems / Edition 3

by William M. Marsh, John Grossa Jr.
     
 

An environmental studies text written for geographers by geographers

Offering a true geographic approach to environmental issues, this Third Edition of William Marsh and John Grossa’s ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY: SCIENCE, LAND USE, AND EARTH SYSTEMS examines human-related environmental issues in the context of the processes and systems of physical

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An environmental studies text written for geographers by geographers

Offering a true geographic approach to environmental issues, this Third Edition of William Marsh and John Grossa’s ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY: SCIENCE, LAND USE, AND EARTH SYSTEMS examines human-related environmental issues in the context of the processes and systems of physical geography.

Throughout, the authors emphasize traditional themes of geography, such as the concept of an integrated planet; the principles of space, scale, and distributions; the idea of landscape as a human-environmental interplay; and the perspective of earth as a dynamic planet with many environmental opportunities, constraints, and risks.

Now updated and revised, this Third Edition features:

  • A continuing theme of sustainability, with more emphasis on efforts by governments, corporations, private organizations, and individuals that are showing promise in bringing us into balance with the planet.
  • 16 new case studies, 12 of which deal with sustainability issues.
  • A revised organization. The first five chapters have been rearranged to provide a better flow of topics from issues and perspectives, to environmental foundation material, to factual matter on the condition of earth and its people.
  • New material in several chapters, including the increasing role of NGO's in working out solutions to environmental problems from the global to the local level.
  • Thoroughly updated statistics on population, energy, and food production.
  • Revised graphics, including dozens of new photos.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471482802
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/11/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
677,868
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1The Critical Challenge1
Ch. 2Humans and Earth: The Great Experiment19
Ch. 3Global Cycles and Systems: The Environmental Framework39
Ch. 4Ecosystems and the Bioclimatic Environment59
Ch. 5Human Population: Trends and Patterns85
Ch. 6Agriculture, Food Production, and Hunger109
Ch. 7Energy Generation, Use, and the Environment139
Ch. 8Atmospheric Environment and Land Use167
Ch. 9Air Pollution: Patterns, Trends, and Impacts191
Ch. 10Hydrologic Environment and Land Use217
Ch. 11Water Pollution: Patterns, Trends, and Impacts245
Ch. 12Hazardous Waste Production and Disposal269
Ch. 13Soil, Land, and Land Use293
Ch. 14Biological Diversity and Land Use319
Ch. 15Open-Land Resources: Forests, Rangelands, Parks, and Preserves343
Ch. 16Managing the Environment367
Units of Measurement and Conversions395
Glossary397
Credits415
Index417

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