Fundamentals of the Physical Environment

Fundamentals of the Physical Environment

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This expanded edition of the student textbook "Fundamentals of Physical Geography", adopts a systems approach to explain the complex interactions of the natural environment. The nature of Earth and its oceans; the Earth's climate and the potential impact of climate change; the main processes of geomorphology; and elements of ecosystems (soils and vegetation) are all explained. Chapters on sensitive environments are included in this edition - polar, Mediterranean, drylands and humid tropical environments - through which the processes introduced in earlier chapters are explored and human-environment interactions are analyzed. Topical global environmental problems such as global warming, population explosion and pressures of economic development, are discussed throughout.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 041510890X
  • 9780415108904

Table of contents

1. The Physcial Environment, 2. Energy and Earth, 3. The Earth: Geological Structure and Process, 4. The Global Ocean, 5. Heat and Energy in the Atmosphere, 6. Moisture in the Atmosphere, 7. Precipitation and evapotranspiration 8. The Atmosphere in Motion, 9. Weather-forming Systems, 10. Micro and Local Climates, 11. Climate Change, 12. Rock-froming Processes, 13. Denudation, 14. Flowing Water in the Landscape, 15. Ice in the Landscape, 16. Work of the Wind, 17. Work of the Sea, 18. Soil Properties, 19. Soil FOrmation, 20. Vegetation Systems, 21. Vegetation Development and Succession, 22. Energy Flows and Nutrients in the Ecosystem, 23. Diversity and Stability of Ecosystems, 24. Polar Environments, 25. Mountain Environments, 26. Mediterranean Environments, 27. Dryland Environments, 28. Humid Tropical Environments,Appendix, 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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