Fundamentals of the Physical Environment

Fundamentals of the Physical Environment

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The third edition of this popular textbook has been extensively revised to incorporate current thinking and knowledge in the area of physical geography and the environment whilst retaining its basic structure.
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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 215.9 x 254 x 38.1mm | 2,268g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 70 Tables, black and white
  • 0415232945
  • 9780415232944
  • 2,089,348

Table of contents

Part One: Fundamentals 1. The physical environment: A starting point 2. Energy and Earth Part Two: Atmosphere 3. Heat and energy in the atmosphere 4. Moisture in the atmosphere 5. Precipitation and evapotranspiration 6. The atmosphere in motion 7. Weather-forming systems 8. Micro and local climates 9. Climate change Part Three: Geosphere 10. Earth's geological structure and processes 11. The global ocean 12. Rock formation and deformation 13. Denudation, weathering and mass wasting 14. Flowing water in the landscape 15. Ice at the land surface 16. The work of the wind 17. The work of the sea Part Four: Biosphere 18. Soil properties 19. Soil formation 20. Vegetation systems 21. Vegetation development and succession 22. Energy flows and nutrient cycles in ecosystems 23. Diversity and stability in ecosystems Part Five: Environments 24. Polar environments 25. Mountain environments 26. Mediterranean environments 27. Dryland environments 28. Humid tropical environments,Appendix: Soil classification according to the FAO/UNESCO Soil map of the World Bibliography, Glossary, Index
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'The best text for my first-year physical geography courses for over ten years...The authors are to be complimented on their clear and easy style.' - Chris Young, Christchurch University College, Canterbury

'If this book had been available during my undergraduate years, it would have saved me a lot of time and effort searching for several texts when this one book would have been sufficient...At such a reasonable price, this book is highly recommended for first year undergraduates who require a broad background in this field.' - International Journal of Environmental Education and Information, Vol 17, No.1, Jan 98
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