321 pages, 270 illus
This book provides a sound introduction to the basic physical processes that dominate the workings of the Earth, its atmosphere and hydrosphere. It systematically introduces the physical processes involved in the Earth's systems without assuming an advanced physics or mathematical background. Physical Processes in Earth and Environmental Sciences provides an integrated approach to the study of earth, marine and atmospheric environmental sciences, reflecting current trends in undergraduate courses. The text considers the various Earth systems through a basic account of general physical properties, kinematics, forces and dynamics that cause flow transport and deformation. Natural examples of physical processes, rather than abstract physics and maths, are used throughout to illustrate the scientific principles involved. This important book will be an essential reference for undergraduate students in a range of earth and environmental sciences.
A few common physical principles underpin much of the atmospheric, oceanographic and solid earth sciences. This simple and powerful fact is not as widely recognized as it should be but this textbook should change all that. Leeder and Perez-Arlucea's book will be welcomed by all those teaching quantitative aspects of the environmental sciences and it will be a great success. Dave Waltham, Royal Holloway University of London " ...remarkably comprehensive, full of delightful asides and comments, and written in a style that aptly combines erudition and charm." Chris Paola, National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics "Particularly intriguing is this book's refreshing tone. The fascination and joy that the authors perceive from their scientific experience and endeavour is being reflected on every page." Environmental Geology "Physical Processes in Earth and Environmental Sciences uses a pleasant and transparant format to explain complex processes in earth-system science. The text reads like a knife cuts through butter, it contains relevant historical information, anecdotes and side steps, and it is accompanied by a large number of explanatory line drawings and photographs." Journal of Sedimentary Research
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