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

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Describes the use and misuse of the environment and where we seem to be headed as a species on the planet. Emphasizes the geographic aspects of problems such as air pollution, locational factors, energy and population growth. Starts with an overview of the modern environmental dilemma and the factors which need to be examined in order to gain an understanding of the problem. Details the world's air and water systems including their use, physical modification and pollution by humans. Features a review of our planet's open lands and the effort to preserve and manage them.
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A textbook for an undergraduate course, applying to environmental issues the traditional concepts of geography, such as an integrated and dynamic planet; space, scale, and distributions; and landscape as the product of interplay between humans and everything else. The chapters are fairly independent and can be selected and arranged to highlight particular themes. Well illustrated. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471482802
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,176,766
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Critical Challenge 1
Ch. 2 Humans and Earth: The Great Experiment 19
Ch. 3 Global Cycles and Systems: The Environmental Framework 39
Ch. 4 Ecosystems and the Bioclimatic Environment 59
Ch. 5 Human Population: Trends and Patterns 85
Ch. 6 Agriculture, Food Production, and Hunger 109
Ch. 7 Energy Generation, Use, and the Environment 139
Ch. 8 Atmospheric Environment and Land Use 167
Ch. 9 Air Pollution: Patterns, Trends, and Impacts 191
Ch. 10 Hydrologic Environment and Land Use 217
Ch. 11 Water Pollution: Patterns, Trends, and Impacts 245
Ch. 12 Hazardous Waste Production and Disposal 269
Ch. 13 Soil, Land, and Land Use 293
Ch. 14 Biological Diversity and Land Use 319
Ch. 15 Open-Land Resources: Forests, Rangelands, Parks, and Preserves 343
Ch. 16 Managing the Environment 367
Units of Measurement and Conversions 395
Glossary 397
Credits 415
Index 417
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