656 pages, Col & b/w photos, illus, maps
Organised into four parts, this textbook looks at the flow of energy and matter through the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Ideal for introductory physical geography courses.
1 Essentials of Geography PART I The Energy-Atmosphere System 2 Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons 3 Earth's Modern Atmosphere 4 Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances 5 Global Temperatures 6 Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations PART II The Water, Weather, and Climate Systems 7 Water and Atmospheric Moisture 8 Weather 9 Water Resources 10 Global Climate Systems PART III The Earth-Atmosphere Interface 11 The Dynamic Planet 12 Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism 13 Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement 14 River Systems and Landforms 15 Eolian Processes and Arid Landscapes 16 The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landforms 17 Glacial and Periglacial Processes and Landforms PART IV Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes 18 The Geography of Soils 19 Ecosystem Essentials 20 Terrestrial Biomes 21 Earth and the Human Denominator
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Robert W. Christopherson is Professor Emeritus of Geography, American River College, and is the author of the leading physical geography texts in the US and Canada: Geosystems, 7/E, Elemental Geosystems, 5/E, Geosystems Canadian Edition, 2/E, and Applied Physical Geography, 7/E, all published by Pearson Prentice Hall. He attended Cal State University-Chico, and Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His first textbook was published in 1992. He has spoken across the US and Canada to hundreds of colleges, groups, and at professional meetings. He and his nature photographer wife have completed 10 polar expeditions since September 2003 to gather information and photos for his textbooks. Robert was appointed recently to the Editorial Board of Goode's World Atlas, 22nd Edition, published by Rand McNally.