Physical Geography Laboratory Manual

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/2/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For lab courses in physical geography and atmospheric sciences.

Applied Lab Investigations to Improve Your Understanding of Earth’s Physical Geography

Physical Geography Laboratory Manual for McKnight’s Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation provides a comprehensive set of lab exercises to accompany any physical geography curriculum. Lab exercises vary in length and required skill set, creating a flexible learning environment for you. The 12th edition now includes new labs on Groundwater and GIS and Remote Sensing, along with a new dedicated MasteringGeography course with eText that includes a variety of media-rich assignable activities, as well as pre and post lab assessments for each lab exercise. Quick-response (QR) codes in many lab exercises gives you immediate access to online content, creating a more engaging learning process.


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0134290860 / 9780134290867   Physical Geography Laboratory Manual Plus MasteringGeography with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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MasterGeography should only be purchased when required by an instructor.

Author Biography

Darrel Hess began teaching geography at City College of San Francisco in 1990 and served as chair of the Earth Sciences Department from 1995 to 2009. After earning his bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978, he served for two years as a teacher in the Peace Corps on Jeju Island, Korea. Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a writer, photographer, and audio visual producer. His association with Tom McKnight began as a graduate student at UCLA, where he served as one of Tom’s teaching assistants. Their professional collaboration developed after Darrel graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in geography in 1990. He first wrote the Study Guide that accompanied the fourth edition of Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, and then the Laboratory Manual that accompanied the fifth edition. Darrel continues to author the Laboratory Manual, along with the California Edition of this book, now in its fourth incarnation. In 1999 Tom asked Darrel to join him as coauthor of the textbook. Darrel was the 2014 recipient of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Gilbert Grosvenor Geographic Education Honors. As did Tom, Darrel greatly enjoys the outdoor world. Darrel and his wife, Nora, are avid hikers, campers, and scuba divers.

Table of Contents

  1. Metric Conversions
  2. Location
  3. Time
  4. Map Scale
  5. Map Projections
  6. Isolines
  7. Landscape Analysis with Google Earth™ and the National Map   
  8. Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  9. Earth-Sun Relations
  10. Solar Angle
  11. Insolation
  12. Temperature Patterns
  13. Air Pressure
  14. Wind
  15. Humidity
  16. Adiabatic Processes
  17. Stability
  18. Midlatitude Cyclones
  19. Weather Maps
  20. Weather Satellite Images
  21. Doppler Weather Radar
  22. Hurricanes
  23. Climate Classification
  24. Weather Variability and Climate Change
  25. Groundwater       
  26. Biomes and Ecological Land Units
  27. Soils
  28. Contour Lines
  29. U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Maps
  30. Topographic Profiles
  31. U.S. Public Land Survey System
  32. Aerial Photographs and Stereograms
  33. Plate Tectonics
  34. Volcanoes
  35. Volcanic Calderas
  36. Faulting
  37. The San Andreas Fault
  38. Mass Wasting
  39. Drainage Basins
  40. Floodplains
  41. Stream Drainage Patterns
  42. Stream Rejuvenation
  43. Flood Recurrence Intervals
  44. Karst Topography
  45. Desert Landforms
  46. Sand Dunes
  47. Continental Glaciation
  48. Alpine Glaciation
  49. Coastal Landforms

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