For introductory courses in Physical Geography. Offering a briefer treatment of the elements of physical geography without sacrificing scientific content, Elemental Geosystems features a distinctive integration of human-Earth relationships, an applied flavor, and scientific correctness. It is written, organized, and illustrated to give students an accessible, systematic, and visually appealing start in physical geography.
1. Essentials of Geography PART I: The Energy-Atmosphere System 2. Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere 3. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures 4. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations PART II: Water, Weather, and Climate Systems 5. Atmospheric Water and Weather 6. Water Resources 7. Climate Systems and Climate Change PART III: Earth's Changing Landscape Systems 8. The Dynamic Planet 9. Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes 10. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement 11. River Systems and Landforms 12. Wind Processes and Desert Landscapes 13. The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landforms 14. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes PART IV: Biogeography Systems 15. The Geography of Soils 16. Ecosystems and Biomes 17. Earth and the Human Denominator Appendix A Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps Appendix B The Koppen Climate Classification System Appendix C Common Conversions