Fundamentals of the Physical Environment

Fourth Edition

Author: Peter Smithson,Ken Addison,Ken Atkinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135090114

Category: Science

Page: 776

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Fundamentals of the Physical Environment has established itself as a well-respected core introductory book for students of physical geography and the environmental sciences. Taking a systems approach, it demonstrates how the various factors operating at Earth’s surface can and do interact, and how landscape can be used to decipher them. The nature of the earth, its atmosphere and its oceans, the main processes of geomorphology and key elements of ecosystems are also all explained. The final section on specific environments usefully sets in context the physical processes and human impacts. This fourth edition has been extensively revised to incorporate current thinking and knowledge and includes: a new section on the history and study of physical geography an updated and strengthened chapter on climate change (9) and a strengthened section on the work of the wind a revised chapter (15) on crysosphere systems - glaciers, ice and permafrost a new chapter (23) on the principles of environmental reconstruction a new joint chapter (24) on polar and alpine environments a key new joint chapter (28) on current environmental change and future environments new material on the Earth System and cycling of carbon and nutrients themed boxes highlighting processes, systems, applications, new developments and human impacts a support website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415395168 with discussion and essay questions, chapter summaries and extended case studies. Clearly written, well-structured and with over 450 informative colour diagrams and 150 colour photographs, this text provides students with the necessary grounding in fundamental processes whilst linking these to their impact on human society and their application to the science of the environment.

The Physical Environment

A New Zealand Perspective

Author: Andrew P. Sturman,Rachel Spronken-Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 537

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This volume comprehensively explores the unique and complex physical environment of New Zealand. Taking a systems approach to studying the biophysical environment, the text is divided into six major sections, covering the origins of New Zealand, the atmospheric environment, the hydrological environment, the geomorphic environment, the biological environment, and interactions and applications.

Aeolian Environments, Sediments and Landforms

Author: Andrew S. Goudie,Ian Livingstone,Stephen Stokes

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 325

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Aeolian Environments, Sediments & Landforms Edited by Andrew S. Goudie School of Geography, University of Oxford, UK Ian Livingstone School of Environmental Science, Nene University College, Northampton, UK and Stephen Stokes School of Geography, University of Oxford, UK This volume provides an overview of current and future trends in aeolian research. It is written by leading scientists from the UK, Canada, India, Australia and the USA, all of whom are actively involved in aeolian research. The book seeks to provide a comprehensive account of present aeolian processes, landforms and sediments, together with an analysis of past aeolian environments. Further, it looks at some of the anthropogenic pressures on aeolian processes, both on coasts and in deserts, and discusses some management solutions. The text is characterised by the wide perspective it provides and by the authority of its authors. Its fourteen chapters cover the history of desert dune studies, recent investigations of airflow and sand transport, sand seas, coastal dune dynamics, dune management, the physics of aeolian movement, wind erosion (especially of agricultural land), dust storms, loess deposition, the aeolian rock record, palaeoenvironments in the Quaternary, luminescence dating techniques, and aeolian research for the Millennium.

Engineering geomorphology

theory and practice

Author: P. G. Fookes,E. Mark Lee,Dr. James S. Griffiths

Publisher: Whittles Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 279

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Completely revised and updated, this new edition has additional chapters with an improved format. It begins with coverage of the major factors which control the materials, form, and processes on the Earth’s surfaces, then goes on to discuss the geomorphological processes which help shape land surfaces and influence their engineering characteristics. The book concludes with coverage of environments and landscapes. Each chapter is written by leading authorities on the subject and is both self-contained and referenced with other chapters as appropriate to make a balanced whole. This book presents a worldwide view of geomorphology for engineers and other professionals.

Aeolian Geomorphology

An Introduction

Author: Ian Livingstone,Andrew Warren

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 211

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Provides a concise, up-to-date and highly readable introduction to the subject. It covers deserts and coastlines, as well as periglacial and planetary landforms. The text spans the full range of aeolian features to include soil erosion and its consequences, continental scale dust storms, sand dunes and loess. It discusses the importance of aeolian processes in the past, and the application of knowledge about aeolian geomorphology in environmental management.

Arid Land Geom: Geom Crit Conc

Author: David Evans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136801502

Category: Reference

Page: 544

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This volume, also available as part of the collection "Geomorphology: Critical Concepts in Geography" constitutes an instant archive of esential benchmark papers and makes available in one place key published material on its area..

Physical Geography of the Global Environment

Author: Harm J. De Blij,Peter O. Muller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

ISBN: 9780471247791

Category: Science

Page: 638

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This text addresses critical environmental and natural issues against a background of the environmental working of our planet. Throughout, the authors2 effective writing style and presentation of material capitalize on the theme of the interaction of humans in the environment. This Special Hazards Edition features Earth Magazine articles comprising six case studies of high profile, high interest hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes and El Nino.

Physical Geography: The Basics

Author: Joseph Holden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136727094

Category: Science

Page: 168

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Physical Geography: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to the interactions, systems and processes that have shaped, and continue to shape, the physical world around us. This book introduces five key aspects of the study of physical geography: atmosphere, weather and climate systems the carbon cycle and historic and contemporary climate change plate tectonics, weathering, erosion and soils the role of water and ice in shaping the landscape and impacting human activity the patterns of plant and animal life and human impacts upon them. The book features diagrams, maps and a glossary to aid understanding of key ideas and suggestions for further reading to allow readers to develop their interest in the subject – making Physical Geography: The Basics the ideal starting point for anyone new to the study of geography and the environment.

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Publisher: N.A

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Fundamentals of Geomorphology

Author: Richard Huggett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134549113

Category: Science

Page: 408

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This extensively revised and updated edition continues to present an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the subject, exploring the world’s landforms from a broad systems perspective. It reflects on the latest developments in the field and includes new chapters on geomorphic materials and processes, hillslopes and changing landscapes. Fundamentals of Geomorphology is an engaging and comprehensive introduction. Starting with a consideration of the nature of geomorphology and the geomorphic system, geomorphic materials and processes, and the quest of process and historical geomorphologists, it moves on to discuss: structure: landforms resulting from, or influenced by, the endogenic agencies of tectonic and volcanic processes, geological structures and rock types process and form: landforms resulting from, or influenced by, the exogenic agencies of weathering, running water, flowing ice and meltwater, ground ice and frost, the wind and the sea history: earth surface history, giving a discussion of Quaternary landforms and ancient landforms, including the origin of old plains, relict, exhumed, and stagnant landscape features and evolutionary aspects of landscape change. Fundamentals of Geomorphology provides a stimulating and innovative perspective on the key topics and debates within the field of geomorphology. Written in an accessible and lively manner, it includes guides to further reading, chapter summaries and an extensive glossary of key terms. The book is also illustrated throughout with over 200 informative diagrams and attractive photographs, including a colour plate section.

Introduction to Geography

Author: Arthur Getis,Judith Getis,Jerome Donald Fellmann

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science Engineering

ISBN: 9780072521832

Category: Science

Page: 542

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This market-leading book introduces college students to the breadth and spatial insights of the field of geography. The authors' approach allows the major research traditions of geography to dictate the principal themes. Chapter 1 introduces students to the four organizing traditions that have emerged through the long history of geographical thought and writing: earth science, culture-environment, location, and area analysis. Each of the four parts of this book centers on one of these geographic perspectives.

Coastal Problems

Geomorphology, Ecology and Society at the Coast

Author: Heather Viles,Tom Spencer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317859308

Category: Science

Page: 360

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As coastal populations burgeon, problems of erosion, pollution and coastal change are becoming ever more serious and necessitate scientifically informed management strategies. This authoritative new study discusses the causes of, and possible solutions to, some of the more pressing problems at the coast, against a background of the natural geomorphological and ecological workings of coastal environments. A holistic approach to the understanding of coastal problems is suggested, which integrates geomorphology, ecology and society through a consideration of the basic processes at work. Coastal problems are caused by both human and natural impacts, often working in conjunction with each other; thus drawing on their wide experience of temperate and tropical coasts the authors consider all types of coastal problems, ranging from those produced entirely naturally to those where the human impact dominates. Extensive use is made of case studies drawn from around the world, from beach erosion along the Nigerian coast to the recovery of the Vietnamese mangroves from war damage. A major theme of the book is that, given recent downgrading of predictions of future sea level rise, it is the distinctive geomorphological, ecological and societal aspects of each coast which are the vital factors. 'Coastal Problems' brings together material vital to any attempts to understand and manage our coasts and will be of interest to all those concerned with the environment and its management.

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