Geosystems : An Introduction to Physical Geography: Virtual Field Trip Upgrade

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For freshman- or sophomore-level introductory Physical Geography courses at 2-or 4-year colleges and universities.Geosystems is written, organized, and illustrated to give introductory students an accessible, systematic, and visually appealing start in physical geography. The text is supported by a superior cartographic, illustration, and a digital media program. The first Physical Geography book to give students and professors an integrated, easy to understand, easy to use technology program, this text excels in motivating exploration and enhancing presentation. Author's email:
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  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 215.9 x 279.4 x 33.02mm | 1,678.28g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • colour and b&w illustrations, maps
  • 0130613452
  • 9780130613455

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary and Review.) 1. Essentials of Geography. The Science of Geography. Earth Systems Concepts. Location and Time on Earth. Maps, Scales, and Projections. Remote Sensing and GIS.I. THE ENERGY-ATMOSPHERE SYSTEM. 2. Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons. The Solar System, Sun, and Earth. Solar Energy: From Sun to Earth. The Seasons. 3. Earth's Modern Atmosphere. Atmospheric Composition, Temperature, and Function. Variable Atmospheric Components. 4. Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances. Energy Essentials. Energy Balance in the Troposphere. Energy Balance at Earth's Surface. 5. Global Temperatures. Temperature Concepts and Measurement. Principle Temperature Controls. Earth's Temperature Patterns. 6. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations. Wind Essentials. Driving Forces Within the Atmosphere. Atmospheric Patterns of Motion. Oceanic Currents.II. THE WATER, WEATHER, AND CLIMATE SYSTEMS. 7. Water and Atmospheric Moisture. Water on Earth. Unique Properties of Water. Humidity. Atmospheric Stability. Clouds and Fog. 8. Weather. Air Masses. Atmospheric Lifting Mechanisms. Midlatitude Cyclonic Systems. Violent Weather. 9. Water Resources. The Hydrologic Cycle. Soil-Water-Budget Concept. Groundwater Resources. Our Water Supply.10. Global Climate Systems. Earth's Climate System and Its Classification. Tropical Climates (A). Mesothermal Climates (C). Microthermal Climates (D). Polar Climates (E). Dry Arid and Semiarid Climates (B). Global Climate Change.III. THE EARTH-ATMOSPHERE INTERFACE. 11. The Dynamic Planet. The Pace of Change. Earth's Structure and Internal Energy. The Rock Cycle. Plate Tectonics.12. Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism. Earth's Surface Relief Features. Crustal Formation Processes. Crustal Deformation Processes. Orogenesis (Mountain Building). Earthquakes. Earthquakes and the San Andreas Fault. Volcanism.13. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement. Landmass Denudation. Weathering Processes. Karst Topography and Landscapes. Mass Movement Processes.14. River Systems and Landforms. Fluvial Processes and Landscapes. Streamflow Characteristics. Floods and River Management.15. Eolian Processes and Arid Landscapes. The Work of Wind. Overview of Desert Landscapes.16. The Oceans, Coastal Processes and Landforms. Global Oceans and Seas. Coastal System Components. Coastal System Actions. Coastal System Outputs. Wetlands, Salt Marshes, and Mangrove Swamps. Human Impact on Coastal Environments.17. Glacial and Periglacial Processes and Landforms. Rivers of Ice. Glacial Processes. Glacial Landforms. Periglacial Landscapes. The Pleistocene Ice Age Epoch. Deciphering Past Climates: Paleoclimatology. Arctic and Antarctic Regions.IV. SOILS, ECOSYSTEMS, AND BIOMES. 18. The Geography of Soils. Soil Characteristics. Soil Properties. Soil Formation Factors and Management. Soil Classification.19. Ecosystem Essentials. Ecosystem Components and Cycles. Biotic Ecosystem Operations. Ecosystems and Succession.20. Terrestrial Biomes. Biogeographic Realms. Earth's Major Terrestrial Biomes.21. Earth, Humans, and the New Millennium. The Human Count and the Future. An Oily Bird. The Need for International Cooperation. Twelve Paradigms for the 21st Century. Who Speaks for Earth?Appendix A: Maps in This Text and Topographical Maps. Appendix B: Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC) Conversion Tables. Glossary. Index.
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