Physical Geography of the Global Environment

Physical Geography of the Global Environment

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Overview

Physical Geography of the Global Environment by Harm J. de Blij, Peter O. Muller

Using a spatial perspective to address environmental issues, this edition presents the latest concepts relating to the Earth's climate history, contrasting them with new information on weather extremes during the past decade. Features new material on environmental developments such as biodiversity concerns, current dates on the geologic time scale, teleconnections (long-distance weather linkages that can relate California floods to Indonesian weather systems) and the newest satellite imagery. Contains numerous Perspective boxes on topics ranging from water usage in the U.S. through the location of the world's oldest rocks to the Los Angeles earthquake of 1994. Includes an expanded glossary, a pronunciation guide, case studies and hundreds of illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471039174
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/04/1995
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.83(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.

Introducing Physical Geography.

The Planet Earth.

Mapping the Earth's Surface.

ATMOSPHERE AND HYDROSPHERE.

Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere.

Air Pressure and Winds.

Weather Systems.

Tropical and Arid Climates.

THE BIOSPHERE.

Climate, Soil, Plants, and Animals.

Formation of Soils.

Biogeographic Processes.

The Global Distribution of Plants.

THE RESTLESS CRUST.

The Earth in Profile: The Layered Interior.

Minerals and Igneous Rocks.

Plate Movement: Causes and Effects.

Volcanism and Its Landforms.

Structures Beneath the Surface.

SCULPTING THE SURFACE.

The Formation of Landscapes and Landforms.

Weathering Processes.

Mass Movements.

Slopes and Streams.

Wind as a Geomorphic Agent.

Coastal Processes.

Physiographic Realms: The Spatial Variation of Landscapes.

Appendices.

Glossary of Terms.

Index.

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