Introducing Physical Geography / Edition 5

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Studying geography is now easier than ever before with the help of the Visualization CD-ROM included with this text. This innovative software contains vivid Quicktime movies and colorful 2D and 3D animations that will greatly enhance your understanding of the material presented in the book. You'll be able to learn at your own pace, receive immediate feedback, and repeat demonstrations. With the purchase of this book, you'll also be given a password that provides free access to the On-Line Student Companion on the web. This comprehensive study guide lets you take practice quizzes and receive immediate results, run tutorials for selected topics and surf to other relevant web sites.
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A textbook for non-majors, and for lay readers curious about the earth. Heavily illustrated entirely in color with lucid drawings, maps, and fine photos. The expert & articulate authors hail from Boston U. & Columbia (emeritus). Suitable for both classroom & coffee table. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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This textbook covers the foundations of physical geography, including discussions of earth-sun cycles, the ozone layer, air temperature, weather systems, global climates, ecosystems, soil, earth materials, the lithosphere, volcanic and tectonic landforms, weathering and mass wasting, fresh water, landforms made by running water and wind, and glacial landforms and the ice age. A companion CD-ROM features video and graphics complementing the text. Alan Strahler teaches at Boston University. Arthur Strahler taught at Columbia University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
New edition of a text which emphasizes a visualization strategy (illustrations, word pictures, and a CD-ROM which contains movies and animations). Eighteen chapters discuss the earth and its place in the sun, global energy balance, air temperature, moisture and precipitation, winds and global circulation, weather systems and climates, ecosystems and soils of the globe, the lithosphere and plate tectonics, volcanic and tectonic landforms, weathering and mass wasting, fresh water, the ice age, and landforms in terms of running water, rock structure, waves and wind, and glaciers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470134863
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/7/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 436,132
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Introducing Earth 2
Ch. 1 Our Place in the Sun 10
Earth-Sun Cycles and Ice Ages
Ch. 2 The Earth's Global Energy Balance 28
The Ozone Layer - Shield to Life
Ch. 3 Air Temperature 48
Carbon Dioxide - On the Increase
Ch. 4 Atmospheric Moisture and Precipitation 74
Air Pollution
Ch. 5 Winds and Global Circulation 104
El Nino
Ch. 6 Weather Systems 132
Hurricane Andrew - Killer Cyclone
Ch. 7 Global Climates 152
Drought and Land Degradation in the African Sahel
Ch. 8 Global Ecosystems 194
Exploitation of the Low-Latitude Rainforest Ecosystem
Ch. 9 Global Soils 236
Death of a Civilization
Ch. 10 Earth Materials 264
Battling Iceland's Heimay Volcano
Ch. 11 The Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics 286
Alfred Wegener and Continental Drift
Ch. 12 Volcanic and Tectonic Landforms 312
The Northridge Earthquake of 1994
Ch. 13 Weathering and Mass Wasting 336
The Great Hegben Lake Disaster
Ch. 14 Fresh Water of the Continents 356
Sinking Cities
Ch. 15 Landforms made by Running Water 380
Battling the Mighty Mississippi
Ch. 16 Landforms and Rock Structure 408
Marvelous, Majestic, Monolithic Domes
Ch. 17 Landforms Made by Waves and Wind 426
The Threat of Rising Sea Level from Global Warming
Ch. 18 Glacial Landforms and the Ice Age 454
Ice Sheets and Global Warming
Epilogue: News from the Future 476
App. I More about Maps 482
App. II Remote Sensing for Physical Geography 488
App. III The Canadian System of Soil Classification 496
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