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Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation
     

Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation

by Tom L. McKinght, Tom L. McKnight
 

Carrying forthTom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, this best-seller fosters a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear, user-friendly writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy appeal to a wide variety of readers.

Updates and expands coverage of global environmental change, including

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Carrying forthTom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, this best-seller fosters a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear, user-friendly writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy appeal to a wide variety of readers.

Updates and expands coverage of global environmental change, including a new section on measuring and understanding climate change. Expands section on human alteration of the atmosphere, including ozone depletion and air pollution. Expands sections on tsunamis and human modification of shorelines.

A useful reference for anyone interested in physical geography.

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An introductory book/CD-ROM text, covering the atmosphere, climatic zones and types, cycles and patterns in the biosphere, soils, fluvial processes, arid lands, glacial modifications of terrain, and coastal processes and terrain. The CD-ROM offers background material, panoramic views, and critical thinking exercises on geographically significant places. This sixth edition contains 80 new maps, 10 new focus boxes, many new photos, and nearly all photos paired with locator maps to heighten basic geographic literacy. McKnight is affiliated with the University of California-Los Angeles. Hess is affiliated with the City College of San Francisco. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780134402154
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
612
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.21(h) x 1.24(d)

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PREFACE:

PREFACE

The United States of America possesses many singular characteristics, some good, some not so good. In the latter category is the unfortunate distinction that our citizens are probably the world's most geographically illiterate people. Despite our highly literate and educated society, on average we know relatively little about the geography of our own country, not to mention that of the rest of the world. In almost all other countries, geography is a basic field of study in both primary and secondary schools, as well as being a firmly established university subject. Thus, over much of the world, schoolchildren are exposed to geographic training for most of their school years. This statement applies not only to industrialized countries such as England, Japan, and New Zealand, but also to developing lands such as India, Tanzania, and Ecuador. It has not been so in the United States, where the word geography rarely occurred in the curriculum.

Fortunately, this situation is now in the process of dramatic change. During the late 1980s, our collective geographical ignorance became a matter of widespread discussion and concern, and some significant actions were taken to introduce or upgrade geographic education at various levels. The national education objectives of Goals 2000 stipulated geography as one of the eight subjects that should constitute basic education in primary and secondary schools throughout the nation and for which each state will be expected to develop functional standards. In the last few years, then, enthusiasm for geographic training has swelled, although there is much lost ground to recover. Indeed, most American studentscontinue to be surprised when they discover that geography courses are offered in college and universities. Geography is nevertheless a well-established discipline in most of our institutions of higher learning, and its significance is growing as more geographic content is introduced into the kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) curriculum. Geographic information systems (GIS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) have brought the concept of geography into business and industry, career options, and concern about the environment. This growth in geographical awareness is a sign that Americans are regaining lost ground in their understanding of the world's geography.

The authors of this volume believe that a useful definition of geography is "landscape appreciation" and have prepared the book with that theme in mind. "Landscape" is considered to include everything one senses by sight, sound, and smell when looking out of a window. "Appreciation" in this context means understanding: Any proper exposition of geography should serve to heighten one's understanding of all that is seen, heard, and smelled through actual experience at a nearby window or vicarious experience of a window on the other side of the world. It is the purpose of this book to make the landscapes of the world more understandable to the reader, at least at an introductory level.

What do you see when you cross the Mojave Desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas? Three hundred miles of "Not Much"? A geographer sees 300 miles of "Quite A Lot". It is hoped that this book will help the reader to expand his or her capacity for landscape appreciation from the former to the latter.

Features of the New Edition

New to this revision is a revamped cartographic and illustration program, including the following:

  • More than 50 new maps, with shaded relief where appropriate
  • New climographs throughout
  • More than 70 new photographs
  • Nearly all photos paired with locator maps to heighten basic geographic literacy

New material has been added to numerous topics, including the following:

  • Geographic information systems in Chapter 2
  • The ozone layer in Chapter 3
  • Global warming in Chapter 4
  • El Nino and La Nina in Chapter 7
  • Pedoturbation in Chapter 12
  • Gelisols in Chapter 12
  • Plate tectonics in Chapter 14
  • Earthquakes in Chapter 14
  • Soil creep in Chapter 15

New focus boxes include the following:

  • GOES weather satellites in Chapter 7
  • Lightning in Chapter 7
  • Volcanic hazards in Chapter 14

Supplements

The authors and publisher are pleased to have worked with a number of talented people to produce an excellent supplements package for this text. This package includes the traditional supplements that students and professors have come to expect from authors and publishers, as well as new kinds of components that utilize electronic media.

For the Student

Companion Website: Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation website revised by Daniel L. Roy gives students the opportunity to use the Internet to further explore topics presented in the book. The site contains numerous review exercises (from which students get immediate feedback), exercises to expand students' understanding of geography, resources for further exploration, and sources of up-to-the-minute information. The website provides an excellent platform from which to start using the Internet for the study of physical geography. You may visit the site at ...

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