The Earth System / Edition 2

The Earth System / Edition 2

by Lee R. Kump
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0131420593

ISBN-13: 9780131420595

Pub. Date: 08/06/2003

Publisher: Prentice Hall

The Earth System, Second Edition employs a systems-based approach to examine Earth science at the global level. This text explores how:

  • Earth's processes have connections to the past and to each other
  • Seemingly small-scale changes to Earth can have large-scale effects
  • Processes that are occurring now are molding the course of the future

Overview

The Earth System, Second Edition employs a systems-based approach to examine Earth science at the global level. This text explores how:

  • Earth's processes have connections to the past and to each other
  • Seemingly small-scale changes to Earth can have large-scale effects
  • Processes that are occurring now are molding the course of the future

The second edition incorporates two new chapters:

  • Modeling the Atmosphere-Ocean System—A discussion of why numerical models are necessary, how they are used, what they can tell us about past and future climates, and what their limitations are.
  • A Focus on the Biota: Ecosystems and Biodiversity—Focuses on life's role in the Earth system, how ecosystems function, what biodiversity is, and whether or not biological diversity enhances the stability of ecosystems.

Three categories of boxed text are included and offer a deeper study of the topics presented.

  • A Closer Look—Includes more advanced concepts, results from current research, and explanations of interesting phenomena.
  • Important Concepts—In-depth presentations of fundamental concepts from the natural sciences essential to our understanding of the Earth system.
  • Thinking Quantitatively—Demonstrates how simple mathematics can be used to better understand the workings of the Earth system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131420595
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
08/06/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents



 1. Global Change.


 2. Daisyworld: An Introduction to Systems.


 3. Global Energy Balance: The Greenhouse Effect.


 4. The Atmospheric Circulation System.


 5. The Circulation of the Oceans.


 6. Modeling the Atmosphere-Ocean System.


 7. Circulation of the Solid Earth: Plate Tectonics.


 8. Recycling of the Elements: The Carbon Cycle.


 9. Focus on the Biota: Metabolism, EcoSystems and Biodiversity.


10. Origin of the Earth and of Life.


11. Effect of Life on the Atmosphere: The Rise of Oxygen and Ozone.


12. Long-Term Climate Regulation.


13. Biodiversity Through Earth History.


14. Pleistocene Glaciations.


15. Short-Term Climate Variability.


16. Global Warming.


17. Ozone Depletion.


18. Human Threats to Biodiversity.


19. Climate Stability on Earth and Earth-Like Planets.


Appendix A: Units and Unit Conversions.


Appendix B: Temperature Conversions.


Appendix C: Periodic Table.


Appendix D: Useful Facts.


Glossary.


Index.

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