Physical Geography: Great Systems and Global Environments

Physical Geography: Great Systems and Global Environments

by William M. Marsh, Martin M. Kaufman
     
 

A systems-based approach to physical geography written in an easy-to-understand narrative style that is closely integrated with clear, single-concept illustrations.

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A systems-based approach to physical geography written in an easy-to-understand narrative style that is closely integrated with clear, single-concept illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521764285
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
418,673
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Earth's Energy, Climate and Ocean Systems: 1. Mapping our course of study; 2. An overview of planet Earth: some geographic observations about Earth; 3. The Sun-Earth energy system: fuel for a planet; 4. Earth's radiation and heat systems over land and water; 5. The great systems of global air and ocean circulation; 6. Atmospheric moisture, precipitation and weather systems; 7. Modern climate types and patterns; 8. Climate change, past, present, and future; Part II. Earth's Life Support Systems: 9. Earth as an ecosystem: energy, food, and life; 10. Biogeography: geographic distribution of plant and animal types; 11. Human origins, diffusion, and the alteration of natural landscapes; 12. Soil system, processes, and formation; 13. Soil types, distribution, and land use relations; Part III. Earth's Water Systems: 14. The global water system; 15. Runoff systems, streamflow, and watersheds; 16. Groundwater, lakes, and water resources; Part IV. Earth's Rock and Mountain Systems: 17. Earth's internal system: heat, convection, rocks and the planet's skin; 18. The formation and geographic organization of the continents and ocean basins; 19. Mountain building systems, earthquakes, and volcanoes; Part V. Earth's Erosional and Landform Systems: 20. Geomorphic systems: rock weathering, hill slope processes, and slope formation; 21. Stream systems, valley formation, and fluvial landscapes; 22. Coastal systems: waves, currents, and landforms; 23. Glacial systems: growth, motion, and work of glacial ice; 24. Wind, sand, dust, and deserts.

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