Physical Geography: The Global Environment

Book & Toy | June 2, 2009

byH. J. de Blij, Peter O. Muller, Richard S. Williams

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Physical Geography: The Global Environment introduces students to the Earth and the way in which human interaction has shaped the Earth's evolution. In this much-anticipated second Canadian Edition, Professors Cathy Conrad and Peter Long seamlessly incorporate significant Canadian data andexamples while maintaining Harm de Blij's international approach to the five major components of the Earth - atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere. This edition adds a wealth of Canadian information on topics ranging from wind patterns to landscape types, permafrost todrought, and water use to soil classification. The result is a comprehensive and authoritative text that is truly global in scope. Specific to the Canadian Edition: * Provides Canadian and international data and examples * Presents relevant topics to Canadian audience: chinooks, cold weather hazards, permafrost, and glaciation * Metric measurements * Canadian sources cited in the end-of-chapter material * Canadian photos * Maps include all of North America where appropriate * Pedagogical boxes relate to Canada * Soil formation, classification, and mapping employ the Canadian System of Soil Classification * Compares US and Canadian soil classification systems Major revisions to the second Canadian Edition: * All tables and figures have been updated to include the most current data * Information on climate change has been updated and includes current, relevant examples * Additional information on heat balance and radiation has been included along with equations * Increased material on GIS and Remote Sensing * In-depth treatment of adiabatic lapse rates and atmospheric stability * New material on natural hazards and severe weather * New chapter devoted specifically to weathering processes and soils

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Physical Geography: The Global Environment introduces students to the Earth and the way in which human interaction has shaped the Earth's evolution. In this much-anticipated second Canadian Edition, Professors Cathy Conrad and Peter Long seamlessly incorporate significant Canadian data andexamples while maintaining Harm de Blij's inter...

H. J. de Blij is a John A. Hannah Professor at Michigan State University, where he also taught throughout the decade of the 1960s. In the interim, he chaired the Geography Department at the University of Miami and served as editor at the National Geographic Society. He specializes in geopolitical and environmental issues, and has held...

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Format:Book & ToyDimensions:776 pages, 11 × 9 × 1.5 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceFrom the PublisherPart One: A Global Perspective1. Introducing Physical Geography2. The Planet Earth3. Mapping the Earth's SurfacePart Two: Atmosphere and Hydrosphere4. Earth's Setting in Space5. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere6. Radiation and the Heat Balance of the Atmosphere7. Atmospheric and Surface Temperature8. Air Pressure and Winds9. Circulation Patterns of the Atmosphere10. Hydrosphere: Circulation of the World Ocean11. Atmospheric Moisture and the Water Balance12. Precipitation, Air Masses, and Fronts13. Weather Systems14. Severe Weather15. Weather Tracking and Forecasting16. Climate Classification and Regionalization17. Global Climates18. Dynamics of Past and Present Climate Change19. Human-Climate Interactions and ImpactsPart Three: The Restless Crust20. Planet Earth in Profile: The Layered Interior21. Impact Cratering22. Minerals and Igneous Rocks23. Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks24. Lithospheric Plates and Plate Movement25. Volcanism and Its Landforms26. Earthquakes and Landscapes27. Surface Expressions of Subsurface StructuresPart Four: Sculpting the Surface28. The Formation of Landscapes and Landforms29. Weathering Processes30. Slope Processes31. Water in the Lithosphere32. Slopes and Streams33. Stream Erosion34. Aggradational Landforms of Streams35. Karst Processes and Landforms36. Glacial Degradation and Aggradation37. Landforms and Landscapes of Continental Ice Sheets and Mountain Glaciers38. Fluvioglacial Processes, Deposits, and Landforms39. Periglacial Environments and Landscapes40. Arid Environments and Wind as a Geomorphological Agent41. Coastal Processes42. Coastal Landforms and LandscapesPart Five: The Biosphere43. Climate, Soil, Plants, and Animals44. Formation and Physical Properties of Soils45. Classification and Mapping of Soils46. Biogeographic Processes47. The Global Distribution of Plants48. Zoogeography: Spatial Aspects of Animal PopulationsAppendix A: SI and Customary Units and Their ConversionsGlossary of TermsCreditsIndex