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Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, 10th edition

  • Robert Christopherson
  • Ginger H. Birkeland
  • Charles E. Thomsen
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ISBN-13:  9780134642529

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An essential introduction to physical geography, from atmosphere to biosphere

The gold standard in the discipline, Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography is a practical text explaining the essentials of physical geography. Organized into four sections by Earth systems topics as they naturally occur – atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere – the text guides students through the principles of physical geography with real-world applications. Christopherson’s approach is known for its meticulous attention to detail and up-to-date accuracy. Real-world case studies and activities engage students and help them apply geography to the real world.

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Table of contents

1. Essentials of Geography


I. The Energy-Atmosphere System

2. Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons

3. Earth’s Atmosphere

4. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures

5. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations


II. The Water, Weather, and Climate Systems

6. Water and Atmospheric Moisture

7. Weather

8. Water Resources

9. Earth’s Climatic Regions

10. Climate Change


III. The Earth-Atmosphere Interface

11. The Dynamic Planet

12. Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism

13. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement

14. River Systems

15. Aeolian Processes and Arid Landscapes

16. Oceans and Coastal Systems

17. Glacial Landscapes and the Cryosphere


IV. Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes

18. The Geography of Soils

19. Ecosystem Essentials

20. Terrestrial Biomes


Appendix A. Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps

Appendix B. The Koppen Climate Classification System

Appendix C. Common Conversions

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