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Our Changing Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change / Edition 4

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This book offers a general discussion of global environmental change geared toward readers like you. It presents both Earth science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as a discussion of the human dimensions of change. The text's unifying theme is consideration of aspects of both natural and human-induced global environmental change.
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This textbook outlines the natural exogenic system of Earth, then demonstrates how human activities are influencing the natural system. The third edition divides the chapter on atmosphere and hydrosphere into two separate chapters, and the chapter on global climatic change into two chapters on previous epochs and modern global warming. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
New edition of a text which considers aspects of both natural and human-induced global environmental change. Twelve chapters discuss topics such as the earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and ecosphere; biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients, and oxygen; world population and resource consumption; the changing earth surface and atmosphere; and historical and human frameworks of global environmental change. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
A text focusing on both the physico-chemical and biological nature of change and the effects and consequences of natural and human-induced change for ecosystems, humans, and human infrastructures. Intended for use in lower-division undergraduate courses and high school science classes, and by the general public. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321667724
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 660,364
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Changing Planetary System
2. Earth’s Lithosphere: Geologic Time and Building Blocks
3. Earth’s Lithosphere: Plate Tectonics
4. The Fluid Earth: Atmosphere
5. The Fluid Earth: Hydrosphere and Air-Sea Interactions
6. Our Living Planet: Earth’s Ecosphere
7. Biogeochemical Cycles of Carbon, Nutrients, and Oxygen
8. Historical Framework of Global Environmental Change
9. Human Forcings on the Ecosphere: World Population, Development and Resource Consumption
10. The Changing Earth Surface: Terrestrial Vegetation
11. The Changing Earth Surface: Land and Water
12. The Changing Atmosphere: Acid Deposition and Photochemical Smog
13. The Changing Atmosphere: Pleistocene and Holocene Environmental Change
14. The Changing Atmosphere: Global Warming and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
15. Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
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