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The Third Edition of Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science treats earth science from a systems perspective, showing how the four spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere) are interrelated. In this edition, significant emphasis is placed on cycling of materials and energy, and interactions among the spheres. The text also places much clearer emphasis on basic science, which can be seen in the reorganization of topics into Energy and Matter chapters, as well as a new "The Basics" feature in each chapter. This edition is also more systematic about documenting human impacts on the various spheres of the Earth system.
Table of Contents
|The Earth System: Our Place in Space|
|The Earth System|
|The Solar System|
|The Geosphere: Earth Beneath Our Feet|
|The Dynamic Geosphere|
|Earthquakes and Volcanoes|
|The Rock Cycle|
|The Hydrosphere: Earth's Blanket of Water and Ice|
|The Hydrologic Cycle|
|The Frozen Hydrosphere|
|The World Ocean|
|The Atmosphere: Earth's Gaseous Envelope|
|Wind and Weather Systems|
|The Climate System|
|The Biosphere: Life on Earth|
|Life, Death, and Evolution|
|Energy and Matter in Life Systems|
|Earth's Major Ecosystems|
|Habitat, Interactions, and Diversity|
|The Anthrosphere: Humans and the Future of Earth|
|The Changing Earth System|
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