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Physical Geography Science and Systems of the Human Environment

ISBN-10: 0471480533
ISBN-13: 9780471480532
Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Alan H. Strahler
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Description: Offering a fully integrated, systems-based approach to physical geography, this text incorporates relevant and recent developments in the field. This edition has a new emphasis on global change and remote sensing.

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Book details

List price: $204.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 816
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.466
Language: English

Offering a fully integrated, systems-based approach to physical geography, this text incorporates relevant and recent developments in the field. This edition has a new emphasis on global change and remote sensing.

Introduction
Introducing Physical Geography
Introducing Geography
Realms of Geography
Tools in Geography
Systems in Physical Geography
Understanding Physical Geography
Physical Geography, Environment, and Global Change
Spheres, Scales, Systems, and Cycles
The Four Great Earth Realms
Scales in Physical Geography
Systems in Physical Geography
Weather and Climate Systems
The Earth as a Rotating Planet
The Shape of the Earth
Earth Rotation
The Geographic Grid
Map Projections
Global Time
The Earth's Revolution Around the Sun
The Global Energy System
Electromagnetic Radiation
Insolation over the Globe
World Latitude Zones
Composition of the Atmosphere
Sensible Heat and Latent Heat Transfer
The Global Energy System
Net Radiation, Latitude, and the Energy Balance
Air Temperature and Air Temperature Cycles
Surface Temperature
Air Temperature
The Daily Cycle of Air Temperature
Temperature Structure of the Atmosphere
The Annual Cycle of Air Temperature
World Patterns of Air Temperature
Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric Moisture and Precipitation
Three States of Water
The Hydrosphere and the Hydrologic Cycle
Humidity
The Adiabatic Process
Clouds
Precipitation
Air Quality
Winds and the Global Circulation System
Atmospheric Pressure
Winds and Pressure Gradients
Global Wind and Pressure Patterns
Local Winds
Winds Aloft
Temperature Layers of the Ocean
Ocean Currents
Weather Systems
Air Masses
Traveling Cyclones and Anticyclones
Tropical and Equatorial Weather Systems
Poleward Transport of Heat and Moisture
Cloud Cover, Precipitation, and Global Warming
The Global Scope of Climate
Temperature Regimes
Global Precipitation
Climate Classification
Low-Latitude Climates
Overview of the Low-Latitude Climates
The Wet Equatorial Climate 1
The Monsoon and Trade-Wind Coastal Climate 2
The Wet-Dry Tropical Climate 3
The Dry Tropical Climate 4
Highland Climates of Low Latitudes
Midlatitude and High-Latitude Climates
Overview of the Midlatitude Climates
The Dry Subtropical Climate 5
The Moist Subtropical Climate 6
The Mediterranean Climate 7
The Marine West-Coast Climate 8
The Dry Midlatitude Climate 9
The Moist Continental Climate 10
Overview of the High-Latitude Climates
The Boreal Forest Climate 11
The Tundra Climate 12
The Ice Sheet Climate 13
Systems and Cycles of the Solid Earth
Earth Materials and the Cycle of Rock Change
The Crust and Its Composition
Igneous Rocks
Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
The Cycle of Rock Change
The Lithosphere and the Tectonic System
The Structure of the Earth
The Geologic Time Scale
Major Relief Features of the Earth's Surface
Plate Tectonics
Continents of the Past
Volcanic and Tectonic Landforms
Landforms
Volcanic Activity
Landforms of Tectonic Activity
Earthquakes
Systems of Landform Evolution
Weathering and Mass Wasting
Physical Weathering
Chemical Weathering and Its Landforms
Mass Wasting
Induced Mass Wasting
Processes and Landforms of Arctic and Alpine Tundra
The Cycling of Water on the Continents
Ground Water
Limestone Solution by Ground Water
Problems of Ground Water Management
Surface Water
Stream Flow
Lakes
Surface Water As a Natural Resource
Fluvial Processes and Landforms
Fluvial Processes and Landforms
Slope Erosion
The Work of Streams
Stream Gradation
Fluvial Processes in an Arid Climate
Landforms and Rock Structure
Rock Structure as a Landform Control
Landforms of Horizontal Strata and Coastal Plains
Landforms of Warped Rock Layers
Landforms Developed on Other Land-Mass Types
The Work of Waves and Wind
The Work of Waves
Tidal Currents
Types of Coastlines
Wind Action
Sand Dunes
Loess
Glacier Systems and the Ice Age
Glaciers
Alpine Glaciers
Ice Sheets of the Present
Sea Ice and Icebergs
The Ice Age
Landforms Made by Ice Sheets
Investigating the Ice Age
Systems and Cycles of Soils and the Biosphere
Soil Systems
The Nature of the Soil
The Soil Water Balance
Soil Development
The Global Scope of Soils
Systems and Cycles of the Biosphere
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Biomass as an Energy Source
Biogeochemical Cycles in the Biosphere
Biogeographic Processes
Ecological Biogeography
Ecological Succession
Historical Biogeography
Biodiversity
Global Ecosystems
Natural Vegetation
Structure and Life-form of Plants
Terrestrial Ecosystems--The Biomes
The Canadian System of Soil Classification
Climate Definitions and Boundaries
Conversion Factors
Answers to Problems
Glossary
Photo Credits
Index

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