Our Changing Planet

Our Changing Planet : An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change

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For introductory courses in Earth System Science, Earth Science or Global Environmental Change.

This book offers a general interdisciplinary discussion of global environmental change oriented toward the non-specialist in science. It presents both Earth science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as a discussion of the human dimensions of change. The unifying theme of the book is consideration of aspects of both natural and human-induced global environmental change.
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  • Paperback | 580 pages
  • 200.7 x 251 x 21.6mm | 1,025.13g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130651729
  • 9780130651723
  • 2,162,198

Table of contents


1. Earth's Lithosphere: Geologic Time and Building Blocks.
2. Earth's Lithosphere: Plate Tectonics.
3. The Fluid Earth: Atmosphere.
4. The Fluid Earth: Hydrosphere.
5. Earth's Ecosphere.
6. Biogeochemical Cycles of Carbon, Nutrients, and Oxygen.
7. Historical Framework of Global Environmental Change.

8. World Population, Development, and Resource Consumption.
9. The Changing Earth Surface: Terrestrial Vegetation.
10. The Changing Earth Surface: Land and Water.
11. The Changing Atmosphere: Acid Deposition and Photochemical Smog.
12. The Changing Atmosphere: Pleistocene and Holocene Environmental Change.
13. The Changing Atmosphere: Global Warming and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion.
14. Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.
Appendix A. Minerals.
Answers to Study Questions.
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