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1. Essentials of Geography
PART I: The Energy-Atmosphere System
2. Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere
3. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures
4. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
PART II: Water, Weather, and Climate Systems
5. Atmospheric Water and Weather
6. Water Resources
7. Global Climate Systems
8. Climate Change
PART III: The Earth–Atmosphere Interface
9. The Dynamic Planet
10. Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
11. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement
12. River Systems and Landforms
13. The Oceans, Coastal Systems, and Wind Processes
14. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes
PART IV: Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes
15. The Geography of Soils
16. Ecosystem Essentials
17. Terrestrial Biomes
Appendix A Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps
Appendix B The Köppen Climate Classification System
Appendix C Common Conversions