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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.
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A non-traditional introductory text for non-science majors, using a top-down approach to unifying principles in the natural sciences. Components of the Earth system are treated with consideration of the interplay among them and interactions with living organisms, and environmental problems such as global warming are understood through past events in Earth's history that illuminate how the Earth system responds under stress. Pedagogical features include chapter overviews and summaries, key terms, review questions, and critical thinking problems, plus boxed readings on recent advances. Includes a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131773875
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/3/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
1 Global Change 1
2 Daisyworld: An Introduction to Systems 18
3 Global Energy Balance: The Greenhouse Effect 34
4 The Atmospheric Circulation System 55
5 The Circulation of the Oceans 83
6 Modeling the Atmosphere - Ocean System 104
7 Circulation of the Solid Earth: Plate Tectonics 117
8 Recycling of the Elements: The Carbon Cycle 147
9 Focus on the Biota: Metabolism, Ecosystems, and Biodiversity 173
10 Origin of the Earth and of Life 187
11 Effect of Life on the Atmosphere: The Rise of Oxygen and Ozone 207
12 Long-Term Climate Regulation 230
13 Biodiversity through Earth History 252
14 Pleistocene Glaciations 270
15 Short-Term Climate Variability 289
16 Global Warming 317
17 Ozone Depletion 343
18 Human Threats to Biodiversity 362
19 Climate Stability on Earth and Earthlike Planets 379
App. A Units and Unit Conversions 393
App. B Temperature Conversions 394
App. C Periodic Table of the Elements 395
App. D Useful Facts 396
Glossary 397
Index 409
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