Environmental Geography Science, Land Use and Earth Systems

ISBN-10: 0471345229
ISBN-13: 9780471345220
Edition: 2nd 2002
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Description: This title describes use and misuse of the environment and where we seem to be headed as a species on the planet. It provides an overview of the modern environmental dilemma and factors needing to be examined to gain an understanding of the problem.

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Book details

List price: $86.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/16/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

This title describes use and misuse of the environment and where we seem to be headed as a species on the planet. It provides an overview of the modern environmental dilemma and factors needing to be examined to gain an understanding of the problem.

Preface
Introduction
A World in Crisis: Environment and Humanity in the Twenty-First Century
Introduction
Prospects for the Next Century
The Concept of Development
Earth's Capacity to Support Humans
Limits to Growth
Your Role in the Global Environmental Community
Preparing to Understand Environmental Geography
Introduction
The Scope of Environmental Geography
The Global Context and Setting
Our Geographically Integrated Planet
Human Use of the Earth
The Roles of Human Values and Environmental Regulations
Environment, Land Use, and Sustainable Development
Introduction
The Growing Environmental Impact of Human Activity
Sustainable Land Use: The Key to Environmental Management
Necessary Changes in Resource Policies for Sustainability
Constraints on Achieving Sustainable Land Use
Some Geographic Requisites for Sustainability
A Grass-Roots Effort at Sustainable Land Use
The Spread and Development of Human Population
Introduction
Human Dispersal and Adaptation
The Rise of Human Populations
Frontier Environments and the Modern Threat
The Wet Tropics
The Dry Lands
The Cold Lands
The Mountain Lands
The Continental Shelves
Global Cycles and Systems
Introduction
The General Organization of the Earth's Environments
The Source of Energy for the Earth's Environments
The Major Energy Systems of Earth
The Cycle of Matter in Ecosystems
Interrelations in Environmental Systems
The Gaia Concept
Ecosystems and the Bioclimatic Environment
Introduction
Basic Form and Function of an Ecosystem
Plant Productivity: Feeding Ecosystems
Types of Ecosystems and Their Characteristics
Ecosystem Patterns and Distributions
Models of Spatial Dynamics in Ecosystems
Land Use as Ecosystems
Human Impact and Disturbance of Ecosystems
The Human Population: Trends and Patterns
Introduction
Historical Perspective of Population Trends
Population Patterns and Trends
Fertility, Age, Structure, and Population Momentum
Family Planning Programs in the Developing World
A Worldwide Program to Stabilize World Population--A New Approach
Migration: Where Do People Go?
Problems Faced by Developing Countries with Rapidly Growing Populations
Perceived Problems in Developed Countries with Stable or Declining Populations
Two Alternative Views of Future Population Trends
Agriculture, Food Production, and Hunger
Introduction
Cultural Evolution and the Development of Global Agriculture
Industrialization and the Changing Nature of Agriculture
Food Choices: The Plants and Animals that Feed the World
Systems of Agricultural Production
A Geographic Perspective on World Hunger and Malnutrition
New Horizons in World Agriculture: The Green Revolution
Agriculture and the Environment
Moving Toward Sustainable Agricultural Production
Can Sustainable Agriculture Supply Future Global Demand?
Energy Generation, Use, and the Environment
Introduction
Global Energy Sources and Uses
Fossil Fuels
Nuclear Power
Renewable and Perpetual Energy Resources
Using Energy More Efficiently
Atmospheric Environment and Land Use
Introduction
The General Composition of Air
Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere
Atmospheric Pressure and General Circulation
Solar Radiation in the Atmosphere
Breakdown of the Solar Beam
Earth's Heat Balance
The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming
The Effects of Urban Climate
Managing the Global Climate
Air Pollution: Patterns, Trends, and Impacts
Introduction
Types of Air Pollution
Sources of Air Pollution
Processes, Patterns, and Scales of Air Pollution
Patterns of Pollution in the Urban Region
Air Pollution Impacts on People and Environment
Air Pollution Control: How Well Are We Doing?
Hydrologic Environment and Land Use
Introduction
The Hydrologic Cycle
Precipitation, Storms, and Their Impact on Environment
Streamflow and Floods
Flood Hazard and Land Use
Groundwater
Lakes, Ponds, and Wetlands
Human Use of Water
Managing Water Resources for Sustained Use
Water Pollution: Patterns, Trends, and Impacts
Introduction
Types of Water Pollution
Measuring Water Pollution
Water Pollution Sources and Distribution Processes
Groundwater Pollution
Pathways and Sinks in the Hydrologic Cycle
Pollution of the Oceans
Pollution Control with Treatment Systems
Hazardous Waste Production and Disposal
Introduction
Types and Sources of Disposable Waste
Traditional Methods of Waste Disposal
Some Consequences of Improper Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Regulation in the United States
Modern Hazardous Waste Disposal Methods
Hazardous Waste Treatment
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Soil, Land, and Land Use
Introduction
Geographic Organization of the Land
Topography and Land Use
The Soil Mantle: Sources of Parent Material
Soil Properties: Key Soil Traits and Components
Soil-Forming Processes: Solum as a Chemical System
Integrated Models of Soil, Land Use, and Environment
Soil Loss by Erosion
Environmental Impacts of Soil Erosion
Biological Diversity and Land Use
Introduction
The Concept of a Species
Genetic Diversity
Species Counts, Estimates, and Extinction Trends
Geographical Biodiversity
Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species
Ways of Cutting Biodiversity Losses
Open-Land Resources: Forests, Rangelands, Parks, and Preserves
Introduction
Development and Exploitation of Open-Land Resources
Conservation and Preservation of Open-Land Resources
Forests, Woodlands, and Land Use
Rangelands, Herding, and Ranching
The Parks Movement
The Wilderness Movement
Managing the Global Environment
Introduction
Global Environmental Trends at the Beginning of the New Millenium
Progress Toward Substainable Land Use Systems
International Institutions to Manage the Environment
Monitoring Environmental Change with Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Systems
The Role of GIS in Environmental Management
Global Change, Research, and Information Systems
References for Further Reading
Units of Measurements and Conversions
Glossary
Credits
Index

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