Elemental Geosystems

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-13
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For introductory courses in Physical Geography.

Offering a brief treatment of the elements of physical geography without sacrificing scientific content, Elemental Geosystems has been crafted to provide an accessible, systematic, and visually appealing start in physical geography. It is organized with a logical progression around the flow of energy, materials, and information to present topics in the same sequence in which they occur in nature. Engaging examples and applications of current events unfold as the author tells the story of modern Earth systems science. Climate change coverage incorporates the most current data available, and climate change science appears throughout where relevant impacts are important.

Foundations of Geography; Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere; Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures; Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations.

Atmospheric Water and Weather; Global Climate Systems; Water Resources; The Dynamic Planet; Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes; Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement; River Systems and Landforms; Wind Processes and Desert Landscapes; The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landforms; Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes; The Geography of Soils; Ecosystems and Biomes; Earth and the Human Denominator; Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps; The Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC); The Köppen Climate Classification System; Common Conversions.

A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about physical geography.

Author Biography

Robert W. Christopherson attended California State University—Chico for undergraduate work and received his Masters in Geography from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He joined the American River College faculty in 1970, where he founded the geography program.  From 1970 to 1999 he taught such courses as physical and cultural geography, weather and climate, humans and the environment, and humans in the urban environment, and is currently Professor Emeritus. 

Robert Christopherson is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Patrons Chair and Student Association Teacher of the Year Awards at his college, the 1999 Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education, the 1998 Textbook Award for Geosystems, 3/E from the Text and Academic Authors Association, the California Geographical Society’s 1997 Outstanding Educator Award, and, most recently, the 2005 President's Award and 2005 Textbook Award for Elemental Geosystems, 4/E from the Text and Academic Authors Association.

Robert presented in seminar, television and radio, and research papers on topics such as the physical geography of the polar regions, global climate change, energy issues, and environmental awareness.  He and his professional photographer wife completed five polar expeditions; they attended the 2004 Arctic Climate Impact Symposium in Reykjavik, Iceland to gain photo and video coverage as well as research for Geosystems and Elemental Geosystems. Robert's wife has provided more than 300 exclusive photos for each of these texts.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Geography
The Energy-Atmosphere System
Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere
Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures
Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
Water, Weather, and Climate Systems
Atmospheric Water and Weather
Global Climate Systems
Water Resources
Earth'S Changing Landscape Systems
The Dynamic Planet
Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes
Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement
River Systems and Landforms
Wind Processes and Desert Landscapes
The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landforms
Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes
Biogeography Systems
The Geography of Soils
Ecosystems and Biomes
Earth and the Human Denominator
Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps
The Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC)
The Koppen Climate Classification System
Common Conversions
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Great Book! June 28, 2011
This textbook explains things very clearly and is very interesting. It is written, organized, and illustrated to give students an accessible, systematic, and visually appealing start in physical geography. I thought this was well organized and easy to understand for the most part. With Elemental Geosystems, it's just "read and learn". I was amazed how fast I received my textbook. I ordered this textbook a two weeks before my class and I got it before my class began.
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