Elemental Geosystems by Robert W. ChristophersonElemental Geosystems by Robert W. Christopherson

Elemental Geosystems

byRobert W. Christopherson, Ginger Birkeland

Paperback | January 7, 2015

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Robert W. Christopherson attended California State University-Chico for his undergraduate work and received his Masters in Geography from Miami University-Oxford, Ohio. Geosystems evolved out of his teaching notes and was his graduate thesis: this is his life’s work. He founded the geography program of American River College faculty. H...
Title:Elemental GeosystemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:648 pages, 10.7 × 8.4 × 1 inPublished:January 7, 2015Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Essentials of Geography

PART I: The Energy-Atmosphere System

2. Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere

3. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures

4. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations

PART II: Water, Weather, and Climate Systems

5. Atmospheric Water and Weather

6. Water Resources

7. Global Climate Systems

8. Climate Change

PART III: The Earth–Atmosphere Interface

9. The Dynamic Planet

10. Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes

11. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement

12. River Systems and Landforms

13. The Oceans, Coastal Systems, and Wind Processes

14. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes

PART IV: Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes

15. The Geography of Soils

16. Ecosystem Essentials

17. Terrestrial Biomes

Appendix A Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps

Appendix B The Köppen Climate Classification System

Appendix C Common Conversions