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The physical geography of Earth is explained through the systems that shape the planet's lands, waters, and atmosphere. Written in an easy narrative style, each chapter combines text with more than 40 single-concept illustrations. The result is a distinctive design that weaves words and illustrations together into an integrated whole. The presentation is uncluttered to keep students focused on the main themes. An entire chapter is dedicated to climate change, its geographic origins, likely outcomes, and influence on other Earth systems. A distinctive illustration program includes summary diagrams at the end of chapters that recap concepts and reinforce the systems approach. Section summaries within chapters, along with end-of-chapter review points and questions, are provided to highlight key concepts and encourage thoughtful review of the material. The instructor's guidebook highlights the core concepts in each chapter and suggests strategies to advance a systems approach in teaching physical geography.
Table of Contents
|Earth's Energy, Climate and Ocean Systems|
|Mapping our course of study|
|An overview of planet Earth: some geographic observations about Earth|
|The Sun-Earth energy system: fuel for a planet|
|Earth's radiation and heat systems over land and water|
|The great systems of global air and ocean circulation|
|Atmospheric moisture, precipitation and weather systems|
|Modern climate types and patterns|
|Climate change, past, present, and future|
|Earth's Life Support Systems|
|Earth as an ecosystem: energy, food, and life|
|Biogeography: geographic distribution of plant and animal types|
|Human origins, diffusion, and the alteration of natural landscapes|
|Soil system, processes, and formation|
|Soil types, distribution, and land use relations|
|Earth's Water Systems|
|The global water system|
|Runoff systems, streamflow, and watersheds|
|Groundwater, lakes, and water resources|
|Earth's Rock and Mountain Systems|
|Earth's internal system: heat, convection, rocks and the planet's skin|
|The formation and geographic organization of the continents and ocean basins|
|Mountain building systems, earthquakes, and volcanoes|
|Earth's Erosional and Landform Systems|
|Geomorphic systems: rock weathering, hill slope processes, and slope formation|
|Stream systems, valley formation, and fluvial landscapes|
|Coastal systems: waves, currents, and landforms|
|Glacial systems: growth, motion, and work of glacial ice|
|Wind, sand, dust, and deserts|
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