For Introductory Physical Geography courses. Offering a briefer treatment of the elements of physical geography without sacrificing scientific content, Elemental Geosystems features a distinctive integration of human-Earth relationships, an applied flavor, and scientific correctness. Drawing on the readability, superior graphics, cartography, and scientific accuracy of its companion text, Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, Fourth Edition, Elemental Geosystems is written, organized, and illustrated to give students an accessible, systematic, and visually appealing start in physical geography.
(Note: Each Chapter includes Summary and Review.)
1. Foundations of Geography.
2. Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atomosphere.
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.
The Solar System, Sun, and Earth. Solar Energy: From Sun to Earth. The Seasons. Atmospheric Composition, Temperature, and Function. Variable Atmospheric Components. 3. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures.
ssentials. Energy at Earths Surface. Temperature Concepts and Controls. Earths Temperature Patterns. The Urban Environment. 4. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulation.
Atmospheric Water and Weather.
Wind Essentials. Driving Forces Within the Atmospheric. Atmospheric Patterns of Motion. Oceanic Currents.
II. WATER, WEATHER, AND CLIMATE SYSTEMS.
Water on Earth: Location and Properties. Humidity. Atmospheric Stability. Clouds and Fog. Air Masses. Atmospheric Lifting Mechanisms. Midlatitude Cyclonic Systems. Violent Weather. 6. Global Climate Systems.
Earths Climate System and Its Classification. Tropical Climates (A). Mesothermal Climates (C). Miscrothermal Climates (D). Polar Climates (E). Dry Arid and Semiarid Climates (B). Global Climate Change. 7. Water Resources.
8. The Dynamic Planet.
The Hydrologic Cycle. Soil-Water-Budget Concept. Goundwater Resources. Our Water Supply.
III. EARTHS CHANGING LANDSCAPES.
The Pace of Change. Earths Structure and Internal Energy. The Geologic Cycle. Plate Tectonics. 9. Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
Earths Surface Relief Features. Crustal Formation Processes. Crustal Deformation Processes. Orogenesis (Moutain Building). Earthquakes. Volcanism. 10. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement.
Landmass Denudation. Weathering Processes. Karst Topography and Landscapes. Mass Movement Processes. 11. River Systems and Landforms.
Fluvial Processes and Landscapes. Streamflow Characteristics. Floods and River Management. 12. Wind Processes and Desert Landscapes.
The Work of Wind. Overview of Desert Landscapes. 13. The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landforms.
Global Oceans and Seas. Costal System Components. Coastel System Actions. Coastal Systems Outouts. Human Impact on Coastal Environments.
14. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes.
15. The Geography of Soils.
Rivers of Ice. Glacial Processes. Glacial Landforms. Periglacial Landscapes. The Pleistocene Ice Age Epoch. Deciphering Past Climates: Paleoclimatology. Arctic and Anarctic Regions.
Soil Characteristics. Soil Classification. 16. Ecosystems and Biomes.
Ecosystem Components and Cycles. Stability and Succession. Earths Major Terrestrial Biomes. 17. Earth, Humans, and the New Millennium.
The Human Count and the Future. An Oily Bird. The Need of International Cooperation. Twelve Paradigms for the Twenty-First Century. Who Speaks for Earth? Review Questions and Critical Thinking. Appendix A Maps in This Text and Topographic Maps. Appendix B The Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC). Appendix C Common Conversions. Glossary. Index.