Introducing Physical Geography / Edition 6

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The 6th edition of Introducing Physical Geography isknown for its clear writing, distinctive photos and illustrationsand a strong supplements program. The text continues its traditionas a great book to help non-science readers visualize andunderstand earth processes and learn the basic language of physicalgeography. The new edition features a strengthened “Eye onGlobal Change” coverage and coverage of thegeographer’s tool box.

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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: 9781118396209
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/18/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 664
  • Sales rank: 208,545
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (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 from Inside Out
  • Chapter 12 Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes
  • 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
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