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Fundamentals of the physical environment

Author: Peter Smithson; Kenneth Addison; K Atkinson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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A core introductory textbook for students of physical geography and environmental sciences, this work explains the scientific principles underlying the Earth's climates, landforms, soils and ecosystems and reviews the principal interactive processes driving them. It also introduces the nature and mechanisms of current environmental change.
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Smithson; Kenneth Addison; K Atkinson
ISBN: 9780415395144 0415395143 9780415395168 041539516X 0203070127 9780203070123
OCLC Number: 171287723
Description: xvi, 776 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Part One: Fundamentals 1. The Physical Environment: Scientific Concepts and Methods 2. Energy and Earth Part Two: Atmosphere 3. Heat and Energy in the Atmosphere, 4. Moisture in the Atmosphere, 5. Precipitation and evapotranspiration 6. The Atmosphere in Action 7. Weather-Forming Systems 8. Micro and Local Climates 9. Climate Change Part Three Geosphere 10. Earth's Geological Structure and Processes 11. The Global Ocean 12. Rock Formation and Deformation 13. Denudation, Weathering and Mass Wasting 14. Fluvial Systems: Catchments and Rivers 15. Cryosphere Systems: Glaciers, Ice and Permafrost 16. Aeolian Systems 17. Global Coastlines Part Four Biosphere 18. Soils in their Environment 19. Soil Fertility and Sustainability 20. Principles of Biogeography 21. The Earth System and the Cycling of Carbon and Nutrients 22. Biodiversity in Ecosystems Part Five Environments 23. Environmental Reconstruction: Principles and Practice 24. Polar and Alpine environments 25. Mediterranean Environments 26. Tropical Deserts and Semi-Arid Environments 27. Humid Tropical Environments 28. Current and Future Environmental Change Glossary Bibliography Index.
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