9780139504457

Physical Geography : A Landscape Appreciation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780139504457

  • ISBN10:

    0139504451

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/1/1998
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
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Summary

Carrying forthTom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, this best-seller fosters a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear, user-friendly writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy appeal to a wide variety of readers. Updates and expands coverage of global environmental change, including a new section on measuring and understanding climate change. Expands section on human alteration of the atmosphere, including ozone depletion and air pollution. Expands sections on tsunamis and human modification of shorelines. A useful reference for anyone interested in physical geography.

Table of Contents

Preface xv
1 Introduction to Earth
1(29)
2 Portraying Earth
30(26)
3 Introduction to the Atmosphere
56(16)
4 Insolation and Temperature
72(30)
5 Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
102(32)
6 Atmospheric Moisture
134(32)
7 Transient Atmospheric Flows and Disturbances
166(32)
8 Climatic Zones and Types
198(44)
9 The Hydrosphere
242(26)
10 Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere
268(20)
11 Terrestrial Flora and Fauna
288(38)
12 Soils
326(34)
13 Introduction to Landform Study
360(24)
14 The Internal Processes
384(38)
15 Preliminaries to Erosion: Weathering and Mass Wasting
422(18)
16 The Fluvial Processes
440(30)
17 Solution Processes and Karst Topography
470(14)
18 The Topography of Arid Lands
484(28)
19 Glacial Modification of Terrain
512(30)
20 Coastal Processes and Terrain
542(20)
Appendix I Families of Map Projections 562(2)
Appendix II Topographic Map Symbols 564(2)
Appendix III The Weather Station Model 566(6)
Appendix IV Meteorological Tables 572(3)
Appendix V The International System of Units (SI) 575(2)
Appendix VI The Soil Taxonomy 577(4)
Glossary 581(15)
Index 596

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