The Australian Physical Environment

Paperback | June 29, 2008

byHoward Bridgman, Deidre Dragovich, John Dodson

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A comprehensive introduction to the physical environment from an Australian perspective. After explaining the disciplinary approaches of geography and environmental sciences, this book examines the physical environment in terms of the three critical focus areas of climatology, geomorphologyand biogeography. Hydrological issues are considered alongside all three of these areas. It also seeks to explain the processes and major Australian, and global patterns within and between each of these components. While many of the geographical and environmental features of this continent occur worldwide, Australia, due to its age and its geographical placement, has also developed an environment all its own. Comparative examples from around the world are included to place Australia and its uniqueenvironmental characteristics within the global context. Fully illustrated and with case studies clearly linking the theoretical content to real life issues, this book gives Australian students an understanding of the science of the continent's physical environment which is critical for decision making now, and for the future. The text is supported by anonline resource centre to complete the teaching and learning experience.

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A comprehensive introduction to the physical environment from an Australian perspective. After explaining the disciplinary approaches of geography and environmental sciences, this book examines the physical environment in terms of the three critical focus areas of climatology, geomorphologyand biogeography. Hydrological issues are con...

Howard Bridgmen is with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Deidre Dragovich is with the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney in Australia. John Dodson is with the Institute for Environmental Research, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in Australi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 10.04 × 7.48 × 1.06 inPublished:June 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019554109X

ISBN - 13:9780195541090

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Part One: Introduction1. Introduction: Australia in the Physical World2. The Earth in Space and TimePart Two: The Atmosphere: The Climate System3. The Global Energy System4. Global and Regional Atmospheric Circulation5. Hydrologic Systems and Atmospheric Processes6. Ocean-Atmosphere System Interactions7. Climatic Environments: Definitions, Human Interactions and VariabilityPart Three: The Lithosphere: The Earth's Surface in Space and Time8. The Earth's Surface: landscape development9. The Earth's Surface: Sediments, Landscapes and Soil Development10. The Earth's Surface and Processes of Landform Development: Water in the Landscape11. The Earth's Surface and Processes of Landform Development: Wind, Water and Aridity: Aeolian Landforms12. The Earth's Surface and Processes of Landform Development: Coastal LandformsPart Four: The Biosphere: Plants and Animals13. Historical Biogeography: The Natural and Human Forces that Shape the Development of Regional Floras and Faunas14. Ecological Biogreography: Relationships Between Species and the environment15. Communities and Ecosystems: Assemblies of Organisms Into Functional Units at the Community and Ecosystem LevelPart Five: Looking Toward the Future16. Current Trends in Selected Australian Environmental SystemsGlossaryAppendicesIndex