The physical world around us is shaped by the natural forces of the Earthby the action of climate, rivers, earthquakes and volcanoes, oceans and glaciers, the geology of the planet, and the various forms of life that inhabit it. This lavishly illustrated new reference offers a uniquely comprehensive examination of the ways in which these natural forces shape the Earth. The Introduction examines the larger forces that impact on the Earth; the Sun; the molten core of the planet; changing climates; cycles of water erosion, and nutrition; and humans. Covering twenty-two regions of the world, the volume explores such topics as the Mississippi Basin (USA); the Andes (South America); hurricanes and other tropical storms (Central America); the mistral and other local winds (France); Mt. Etna and volcanic activity (Italy/Greece); causes of desertification (Northern Africa); and earthquakes and tsunami (Japan and Korea).
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Series:||Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Geography Series|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 12.13(h) x 1.00(d)|