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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
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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