Introducing Physical Geography / Edition 5

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Introducing Physical Geography, Fifth Edition is a comprehensive text that builds upon the decades of success of Strahler, who is one of the foremost geographers in the world. This new fifth edition includes all new sections with the capabilities of connecting to multimedia and covers new updates to the subject area. The text also includes current examples of environmental phenomena relating to the global changes. The readability of the text has been enhanced with new placements of boxed features and supplementary material.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 386,502
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Intro Pt 1: Introducing Physical Geography

Intro Pt 2: Tools of Physical Geography

Chapter 1 The Earth as a Rotating Planet

Chapter 2 The Earth’s Global Energy Balance

Chapter 3 Air Temperature

Chapter 4 Atmospheric Moisture and Precipitation

Chapter 5 Winds and the Global Circulation

Chapter 6 Weather Systems

Chapter 7 Global Climates

Chapter 8 Biogeographic Processes

Chapter 9 Global Biogeography

Chapter 10 Global Soils

Chapter 11 Earth Materials and Plate Tectonics

Chapter 12 Volcanic and Tectonic Landforms

Chapter 13 Weathering and Mass Wasting

Chapter 14 Fresh Water of the Continents

Chapter 15 Landforms Made by Running Water

Chapter 16 Landforms Made by Waves and Wind

Chapter 17 Glacial Landforms and the Ice Age

App 1 Climate Definitions and Boundaries

App 2 Conversion Factors

App 3 Topographic Map Symbols


Photo Credits


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