Highly Useful January 2, 2014
"Geography was my nightmare. Yes, it WAS, until I bought this one. After buying Mcknight's Physical Geography, I have got this feeling that I have been unnecessarily afraid of geography, when actually it was just as easy and simple as it could have ever been. Also, since it is quite light weight, it is a lot easier carrying it to college and back to my hostel than carrying the entire Britannica Encyclopaedia along with you . At first, when I was going to buy it, I wasn't confident at all if it could improve things or not. In fact, many of my friends told me that it would be a complete waste. But now as I think of it, not buying it would have made my college days a nightmare and a waste for eternity."
McKnight's Physical Geography A Landscape Appreciation:
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Continuing Tom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, Darrel Hess offers a broad survey of all of the physical processes and spatial patterns that create Earth's physical landscape. McKnight's Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciationprovides a clear writing style, superior art program, and approach that appeal to a wide variety of readers. This new edition offers a truly meaningful integration of visualization, technology, the latest applied science, and new pedagogy,providing essential tools and opportunities to teach and engage students in these processes and patterns. It is now available with MasteringGeography™; the Mastering platform is the most effective and widely used online tutorial, homework, and assessment system for the sciences. Introduction to Earth, Portraying Earth, Introduction to the Atmosphere, Insolation and Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure and Wind, Atmospheric Moisture, Atmospheric Disturbances, Climate and Climate Change, The Hydrosphere, Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere, Terrestrial Flora and Fauna, Soils, Introduction to Landform Study, The Internal Processes, Preliminaries to Erosion: Weathering and Mass Wasting, Fluvial Processes, Solution Processes and Karst Topography, The Topography of Arid Lands, Glacial Modification of Terrain, Coastal Processes and Terrain For any reader interested in learning about the physical processes and spatial patterns that create Earth's physical landscape.
Darrel Hess is professor of geography at City College of San Francisco, where he served as chair of the Earth Sciences department from 1995-2009. He regularly teaches physical geography, economic geography, and human geography. Hess received his B.A. in geography from UC Berkeley and his M.A. in geography from UCLA. Before graduate school he served in the Peace Corps in Korea, and before teaching full-time he worked as a writer, photographer, and audiovisual producer.
Hess served as T.A. to Tom McKnight at UCLA. He began working with McKnight and Pearson as author of the text’s Study Guide starting in the Fourth Edition and as author for the Lab Manual starting in the Fifth Edition. He became a full time co-author of the Ninth Edition, and became sole author of the Tenth Edition. Hess has contributed to the development of the Geoscience Animation Library and has partnered with many geoscience teachers and writers in the development of the CA edition.
Dennis Tasa has been a renowned illustrator of many bestselling geoscience textbooks since 1978, including the physical geology, Earth science, and meteorology franchises by Tarbuck and Lutgens. He has created illustrations and media for NSF-funded projects, and has worked on various Earth science media, including Pearson’s GEODe.