Physical Geography

ISBN-10: 0495555061

ISBN-13: 9780495555063

Edition: 9th 2009

List price: $281.95
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PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, Ninth Edition, uses the combined expertise of four respected geographers to show how Earths physical geography impacts humans, and how humans impact Earths physical geography. The text emphasizes three essential themes to demonstrate the major roles for the discipline -- Geography as a Physical Science, Geography as the Spatial Science, and Geography as Environmental Science. With a renewed focus on examining relationships and processes among Earth systems, this text will help you understand how the various systems interrelate and how humans are an integral aspect of geography. Historically the first book to take a conservation approach, the authors continue to emphasize the theme of environmental and human impacts.
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List price: $281.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 7/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.850
Language: English

James F. Petersen is Professor of Geography at Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas. He is a broadly trained physical geographer with strong interests in geomorphology and Earth Science education. He enjoys writing about topics relating to physical geography for the public, particularly environmental interpretation, and has written a landform guidebook for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Central Texas, as well as several field guides. He is a strong supporter of geographic education, having served as president of the National Council for Geographic education in 2000 after more than 15 years of service to that organization. He also has written or served as a senior consultant for nationally published educational materials at levels from middle school through university, and he has done many workshops for geography teachers. Most recently, he co-edited a volume of the journal Geomorphology, a collection of papers dealing with education in geomorphology that represented the proceedings from the Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium. Two other recent works include the opening chapter for a book on the environmental history of San Antonio, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the role of field methods in geography education in the United States, for an international volume on the topic. He is the co-author of Essentials of Physical Geography, 8th Edition and Physical Geography, 9th Edition (both by Brooks/Cole.)

L. Michael Trapasso is Professor of Geography at Western Kentucky University, as well as director of the College Heights Weather Station and a research associate with the Kentucky Climate Center. His research interests include human biometeorology, forensic meteorology, and environmental perception. In 1986, he received the Ogden College Faculty Excellence Award. He also has received Fulbright and Malone Fellowships to conduct research in various countries through time. His explorations have extended to all seven continents of the globe, and he has subsequently written and lectured extensively on these travels. His educational publications include laboratory exercises for EXPERIENCES IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (1980, Duxbury Press), a chapter for CLIMATOLOGY: SELECTED APPLICATIONS (1981, Arnold Publishing), and several entries for the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CLIMATOLOGY (1987, Van Nostrand/Reinhold Publishing), the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES (1997, Chapman Hall Publishing), and the upcoming ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD CLIMATES (in press, Kluwer Publishing). In addition to his publications and lectures, he has written and narrated educational television programming concerning weather and climate for the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Network, and WKYU-TV 24, Western Kentucky University Television.

Physical Geography: Earth Environments and Systems
Representations of Earth
Earth-Sun Relationships and Solar Energy
The Atmosphere, Temperature, and the Heat Budget
Atmospheric Pressure, Winds, and Circulation Patterns
Moisture, Condensation, and Precipitation
Air Masses and Weather Systems
Global Climates and Climate Change
Low-Latitude and Arid Climate Regions
Middle-Latitude, Polar, and Highland Climatic Regions
Soils and Soil Development
Earth Structure, Earth Materials, and Plate Tectonics
Volcanic and Tectonic Processes and Landforms
Weathering and Mass Wasting
Underground Water and Karst Landforms
Fluvial Processes and Landforms
Arid Region and Eolian Processes and Landforms
Glacial Systems and Landforms
Coastal Processes and Landforms
SI Units and Unit Conversions
Topographic Maps
Understanding and Recognizing Some Common Rocks
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