Environmental Geology: An Earth Systems Science Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Suitable for introductory environmental and physical geology courses, Environmental Geology is the only available geology textbook conceived and written from an Earth system science perspective--an approach that helps students comprehend and appreciate the Earth's varied environments and the whole-Earth systems that connect them. Arranged in four parts, the book moves from general concepts to individual solid and fluid Earth systems to global environmental change.

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A text for an introductory undergraduate course, reflecting the view that an integrated Earth system science approach is crucial to the development of scientific literacy. Coverage moves from general concepts to individual systems to global environmental change. Each chapter opens with a case study, with learning features such as chapter summaries, key terms, review and discussion questions, and exercises. Artwork provides color process diagrams, flow charts, and photos. Boxes offer mathematical and technical background and material on global and environmental change. Chapter-ending essays offer the author's perspective on philosophic, economic, and scientific aspects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716728344
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS: HOW HUMANS VIEW AND STUDY THE EARTH
1. Introduction to Environmental Geosciences

Example: Introductory Riddle Regarding Population Growth
Earth's Changing Environment and Humans
Critical Issues In Environmental Geosciences
Science as a Way of Knowing
The History of Science
Limits to Science
An Emerging Environmental World View

2. Dynamic Earth Systems
An Ongoing Experiment: The Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and Global Cooling Earth Systems
Links and Cycles Among Earth Systems
Cycles
Energy
Earth Dynamics

3. Time and Change: Earth and Human History
Experiment: Determining When Something Began to Happen from its Decay
Temporal Aspects of Earth Systems
Geologic Time : A Temporal Perspective of the Earth
The Absolute Geologic Time Scale

II. SOLID EARTH SYSTEMS
4. The Crustal Rock System
Experiment: An Ancient Experiment with Melted Sand
The Geosphere and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change

5. Soil and Weathering Systems
Experiment: Unvegetated Soils and Soil Erosion
Soil and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change

III. FLUID SYSTEMS
6. Surface Water Systems
Example: Finding Ancient Rivers in the Desert with Satellites
Surface Water and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change

7. Ground Water Systems
Example: Getting Water out of Sand and Gravel
Ground Water and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change

8. Atmospheric Systems
Example: Changing Climates by Altering Gases in the Atmosphere
The Atmosphere and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards
Environmental and Waste Management
Environmental and Global Change

9. Oceans and Coastal Water Systems
Example: Salinity, Density, and Ocean Currents
Oceans and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change

IV. ENERGY SYSTEMS AND CHANGING EARTH SYSTEMS
10. Earth's Energy Systems
Example: Using Solar Energy to do Mechanical Work
Energy and Humans
The Energy Cascade
Energy as a Human Resource
Environmental Impacts of Energy Use
Energy Policy and the Environment

11. Causes and Indicators of Global Environmental Change

Example: California Droughts
What is Global Environmental Change?
Origin of Earth's Climate: Insights from Other Planets
Faint Young Sun Paradox
Causes of Climate Change
Indicators of Past Climatic and Environmental Change

12. History of Global Environmental Change
Example: Dessication of the Mediterranean Sea
Introduction
History of Global Change
Human Evolution and Environmental Change
Earth at the Last Glacial Maximum
Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age
Humans as Agents of Environmental Change

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