Physical Geography / Edition 4

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Overview

Beautifully written and thoroughly revised by one of the foremost geographers in the field, Introducing Physical Geography, Fourth Edition, builds upon the decades of success of Strahler geography texts while incorporating coverage of the new developments in the discipline. Includes all new multimedia and pedagogy to bring physical geography to a new audience.

The new fourth edition of Introducing Physical Geography, focuses on both content and pedagogy. The text also includes current examples of environmental phenomena, such as Hurricane Isabel and the recent earthquakes in Turkey. The readability of the text has been enhanced with new placements of boxed features and supplementary material.

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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 (booknews.com)
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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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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471679509
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Introducing Physical Geography
1. The Earth as a Rotating Planet
2. The Earth's Global Energy Balance
3. Air Temperature
4. Atmospheric Moisture and Precipitation
5. Winds and Global Circulation
6. Weather Systems
7. Global Climates
8. Biogeographic Processes
9. Global Biogeography
10. Global Soils
11. Earth Materials
12. The Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics
13. Volcanic and Tectonic Landforms
14. Weathering and Mass Wasting
15. Fresh Water of the Continents
16. Landforms Made by Running Water
17. Landforms and Rock Structure
18. Landforms Made by Wind and Waves
19. Glacial Landforms and the Ice Age
Epilogue: News from the Future
Appendix: The Canadian System of Soil Classification
Glossary
Index
Conversion Factors
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