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.
Author: Andrew P. Sturman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2001
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.
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..
Author: A. G. Dawson
Release Date: 1992
This study focuses on changes in the Earth's geology and climate between the last interglacial period and the final melting of the last great ice sheets (130,000 to 7000 years ago) in an effort to apply reliable dating techniques to the reconstruction of past climatic change.
Author: Andrew S. Goudie
Release Date: 1999
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.
Author: Ian Livingstone
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Release Date: 1996
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.
Author: P. G. Fookes
Publisher: Whittles Publishing
Release Date: 2007-04-02
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.
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.