The Blue Planet, Laboratory Manual: An Introduction to Earth System Science / Edition 1

The Blue Planet, Laboratory Manual: An Introduction to Earth System Science / Edition 1

by Brian J. Skinner, Stephen C. Porter, John M. Hughes, Marcia G. Bjornerud
     
 

A unique introduction to the holistic view of the Earth. Stresses the systems approach, showing the energy flows and links between the Earth's different parts--the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and the solid Earth--and the balance in the global environment that exists as a result of these interactions. Every chapter opens with a topical essay dealing with… See more details below

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A unique introduction to the holistic view of the Earth. Stresses the systems approach, showing the energy flows and links between the Earth's different parts--the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and the solid Earth--and the balance in the global environment that exists as a result of these interactions. Every chapter opens with a topical essay dealing with research on the subject matter and closes with a guest essay written by a researcher in the field. Special attention has been paid to select full-color artwork and photographs which illuminate discussions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471306290
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/10/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 10.94(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

THE EARTH IN SPACE.
The Earth System.
Fellow Travelers in Space: Earth's Nearest Neighbors.
The Sun, Giver of Life.
THE EARTH BENEATH OUR FEET.
Plate Tectonics.
Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior.
Minerals and Rocks.
The Heat Within: Magmas and Volcanoes.
The Earth's Evolving Crust.
THE EARTH'S BLANKET OF WATER AND ICE.
Water on the Land.
The World of Snow and Ice.
The World Ocean.
THE EARTH'S GASEOUS ENVELOPE.
Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere.
Winds, Weather, and Deserts.
The Earth's Changing Climate.
A Planetary Perspective on Life.
Geochemistry and Life.
Biological Evolution and the History of the Biosphere.
LIVING ON THE EARTH.
Resources from the Earth.
The Changing Face of the Land.
Global Change: A Planet Under Stress.
Appendices.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index.

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