Environmental Geology An Earth System Science Approach

ISBN-10: 0716728346
ISBN-13: 9780716728344
Edition: 1998
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Description: Using the earth systems approach, Dr Merritts and her colleagues guide readers towards an understanding of Earth's varied environments, the whole-Earth systems connecting them and the ramifications of natural events and human interaction.

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Book details

List price: $111.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: W. H. Freeman & Company
Publication date: 12/15/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 550
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Using the earth systems approach, Dr Merritts and her colleagues guide readers towards an understanding of Earth's varied environments, the whole-Earth systems connecting them and the ramifications of natural events and human interaction.

Fundamental Concepts: How Humans View and Study the Earth
Introduction to Environmental Geosciences
Example: Introductory Riddle Regarding Population Growth
Earth's Changing Environment and Humans
Critical Issues In Environmental Geosciences
Science as a Way of Knowing
The History of Science
Limits to Science
An Emerging Environmental World View
Dynamic Earth Systems
An Ongoing Experiment: The Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and Global Cooling Earth Systems
Links and Cycles Among Earth Systems
Cycles
Energy
Earth Dynamics
Time and Change: Earth and Human History
Experiment: Determining When Something Began to Happen from its Decay
Temporal Aspects of Earth Systems
Geologic Time : A Temporal Perspective of the Earth
The Absolute Geologic Time Scale
Solid Earth Systems
The Crustal Rock System
Experiment: An Ancient Experiment with Melted Sand
The Geosphere and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change
Soil and Weathering Systems
Experiment: Unvegetated Soils and Soil Erosion
Soil and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change
Fluid Systems
Surface Water Systems
Example: Finding Ancient Rivers in the Desert with Satellites
Surface Water and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change
Ground Water Systems
Example: Getting Water out of Sand and Gravel
Ground Water and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change
Atmospheric Systems
Example: Changing Climates by Altering Gases in the Atmosphere
The Atmosphere and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards
Environmental and Waste Management
Environmental and Global Change
Oceans and Coastal Water Systems
Example: Salinity, Density, and Ocean Currents
Oceans and Humans
Processes
Resources
Hazards and Wastes
Environmental Management
Environmental and Global Change
Energy Systems and Changing Earth Systems
Earth's Energy Systems
Example: Using Solar Energy to do Mechanical Work
Energy and Humans
The Energy Cascade
Energy as a Human Resource
Environmental Impacts of Energy Use
Energy Policy and the Environment
Causes and Indicators of Global Environmental Change
Example: California Droughts
What is Global Environmental Change?
Origin of Earth's Climate: Insights from Other Planets
Faint Young Sun Paradox
Causes of Climate Change
Indicators of Past Climatic and Environmental Change
History of Global Environmental Change
Example: Dessication of the Mediterranean Sea
Introduction
History of Global Change
Human Evolution and Environmental Change
Earth at the Last Glacial Maximum
Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age
Humans as Agents of Environmental Change

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