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Tom L. McKnight taught geography at UCLA from 1956 to 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Southern Methodist University in 1949, his master’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado in 1951, and his Ph.D. in geography and meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1955. During his long academic career, Tom served as chair of the UCLA Department of Geography from 1978 to 1983, and was director of the University of California, Education Abroad Program in Australia from 1984 to 1985. Passionate about furthering the discipline of geography, he helped establish the UCLA/Community College Geography Alliance and generously funded awards for both undergraduate and graduate geography students. His many honors include the California Geographical Society’s Outstanding Educator Award in 1988, and the honorary rank of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from UCLA. In addition to Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, his other college textbooks include The Regional Geography of the United States and Canada; Oceania: The Geography of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands; and Introduction to Geography, with Edward F. Bergman. Tom passed away in 2004—the geographic community misses him enormously.
Table of Contents
2. Portraying Earth
3. Introduction to the Atmosphere
4. Insolation and Temperature
5. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
6. Atmospheric Moisture
7. Atmospheric Disturbances
8. Climate and Climate Change
9. The Hydrosphere
10. Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere
11. Terrestrial Flora and Fauna
13. Introduction to Landform Study
14. The Internal Processes
15. Preliminaries to Erosion: Weathering and Mass Wasting
16. Fluvial Processes
17. Solution Processes and Karst Topography
18. The Topography of Arid Lands
19. Glacial Modification of Terrain
20. Coastal Processes and Terrain