The Earth System / Edition 1

The Earth System / Edition 1

by Lee R. Kump, James F. Kasting, Robert Crane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0131773879

ISBN-13: 9780131773875

Pub. Date: 03/03/1999

Publisher: Pearson Education

B> The first book that addresses the issues of global change from a true Earth systems perspective,this new book offers a solid emphasis on lessons from Earth history that may guide decision-making in the future. Offers an innovative systems theory approach that allows for a new way of organizing information from a variety of disciplines as…  See more details below

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B> The first book that addresses the issues of global change from a true Earth systems perspective,this new book offers a solid emphasis on lessons from Earth history that may guide decision-making in the future. Offers an innovative systems theory approach that allows for a new way of organizing information from a variety of disciplines as well as of predicting responses of systems to disturbance. Utilizes an Earth history perspective that links the Earth sciences closely with modern global change problems. Includes two boxed features throughout the book that address topical issues related to the material in the text, of high appeal and that discuss advanced, especially quantitative, treatments. Features several computer modules available on the World Wide Web and free when packaged with the book. For Earth scientists who would like a formal introduction to Earth Systems Science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131773875
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
03/03/1999
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Preface
1Global Change1
2Daisyworld: An Introduction to Systems18
3Global Energy Balance: The Greenhouse Effect34
4The Atmospheric Circulation System55
5The Circulation of the Oceans83
6Modeling the Atmosphere - Ocean System104
7Circulation of the Solid Earth: Plate Tectonics117
8Recycling of the Elements: The Carbon Cycle147
9Focus on the Biota: Metabolism, Ecosystems, and Biodiversity173
10Origin of the Earth and of Life187
11Effect of Life on the Atmosphere: The Rise of Oxygen and Ozone207
12Long-Term Climate Regulation230
13Biodiversity through Earth History252
14Pleistocene Glaciations270
15Short-Term Climate Variability289
16Global Warming317
17Ozone Depletion343
18Human Threats to Biodiversity362
19Climate Stability on Earth and Earthlike Planets379
App. AUnits and Unit Conversions393
App. BTemperature Conversions394
App. CPeriodic Table of the Elements395
App. DUseful Facts396
Glossary397
Index409

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