The Earth Almanac: An Annual Geophysical Review of the State of the Planet

The Earth Almanac: An Annual Geophysical Review of the State of the Planet

by Natalie Goldstein
     
 

How did El Nino change weather patterns and affect crops around the world? What are humans doing to help or hinder the health of the world's oceans? And what hurricane event happended for the first time since 1893? Whether you're a student writing a report, or a professional in need of some quick answers, you'll find what you're looking for in the Earth Almanc.<

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How did El Nino change weather patterns and affect crops around the world? What are humans doing to help or hinder the health of the world's oceans? And what hurricane event happended for the first time since 1893? Whether you're a student writing a report, or a professional in need of some quick answers, you'll find what you're looking for in the Earth Almanc. Covering the state of the four major geophysical topics associated with the Earth: the atmosphere, oceans, fresh water, and land, this new edition presents an incredible amount of usable information about the changes in our planet during 1999. Details of whole earth events and human-made and natural disasters are chronicled along with the necessary background information and statistics for understanding the science involved. Hot topics such as global warming, ozone depletion, and El Nino.

Goldstein explores specific major geophysical events and then continues with information on the latest scientific developments in fields such as geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Readers will also discover hot topics entries that are unique to this almanac--namely information on human-made events (pollution, carbon dioxide, oil spills urbanization, and water conflicts). Current and complete with more than 300 photos, charts, and statistical graphs, no other reference book compares to this one-stop resource. Topics covered include

Air Pollution

Cryosphere: The Ice

El Nino

Fresh Water

Geological Processes

Global Warming

Land Use

Ocean Fundamentals

Structure of the Atmosphere

Whole-Earth Events

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This new annual almanac reviews geophysical processes in four major areas: the Earth s atmosphere, oceans, land, and fresh water. For each area, Goldstein an author of numerous educational materials with a master s degree in environmental science and education summarizes research, covers major events (through 1998), and describes processes, cycles, and pertinent data. Appendixes outline selected treaties and law as well as selected national and international scientific programs. Teachers, students, and environmentally concerned citizens alike will greatly appreciate the comprehensive coverage of topics, which range from global warming and El NiOo to land use and permafrost, as well as the extensive use of interesting tables, graphs, and charts. In addition, the volume is quite appealing visually, with plenty of photos. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries for its solid presentation of basic scientific background information and socially and scientifically relevant data. Paul Haschak, Southeastern Louisiana Univ. Lib., Hammond Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A freelance environmental writer, Goldstein summarizes the earth events and disasters that occurred during 1998 to provide a reference for scholars, journalists, and general readers. She covers the atmosphere, oceans, land, and fresh water and discusses hurricanes and tornadoes, air pollution, oil spills, sea surface temperature, El Nino, continental drift, volcanoes, urbanization, wildfires, permafrost, water conflicts, and other topics. She identifies sources of statistics and contacts for organizations, but otherwise provides no references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573562300
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.98(d)

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