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An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment

An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment

Publisher Pearson Education
Year 01/06/2017
Edition First
Pages 840
Version paperback
Readership level College/higher education
Language English
ISBN 9781292083575
Categories Physical geography & topography, The environment
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Book description

This highly respected and best-selling textbook provides an accessible, engaging and comprehensive introduction to the major topics within physical geography. It focuses on understanding the inter-linkages between processes, places and environments and is comprehensively illustrated to demonstrate how the physical environment works.

Now in its fourth edition, the book has been thoroughly updated throughout to contain the latest research. Between them, the contributors have researched in detail every environment on the planet, providing an unrivalled source of rich information from around the world for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in the field of physical geography.


An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment is accompanied by a rich and extensive range of electronic support resources including updated weblinks relevant for each chapter, an extended and annotated further reading list for each chapter, multiple choice questions, fieldwork exercises and interactive models.

An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment

Table of contents

Preface to the fourth edition

List of contributors

Editor’s acknowledgements

Part I: The role of physical geography

Chapter 1. Approaching physical geography

Part II: Continent and oceans

Chapter 2. Earth geology and tectonics

Chapter 3. Oceans

Part III: Past, present and future climate and weather

Chapter 4. The Pleistocene

Chapter 5. The Holocene

Chapter 6. Atmospheric processes

Chapter 7. Contemporary climate change

Chapter 8. Global climate and weather

Chapter 9. Regional and local climates

Part IV: Biogeography and ecology

Chapter 10. The biosphere

Chapter 11. Ecosystem processes

Chapter 12. Freshwater ecosystems

Chapter 13. Vegetation and climate change

Part V: Geomorphology and hydrology

Chapter 14. Weathering

Chapter 15. Slope processes and landform evolution

Chapter 16. Sediments and sedimentation

Chapter 17. Soils

Chapter 18. Catchment hydrology

Chapter 19. Fluvial geomorphology and river management

Chapter 20. Solutes and water quality

Chapter 21. Drylands

Chapter 22. Coasts

Chapter 23. Glaciers and ice sheets

Chapter 24. Permafrost and periglaciation

Part VI: Monitoring and management

Chapter 25. Monitoring environmental change

Chapter 26. Dealing with hazards and environmental change


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