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Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography (7th Edition) Hardcover – February 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0136005988 ISBN-10: 0136005985 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (February 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136005985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136005988
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the very first page, the student is drawn into excitement of contemporary physical geography and the challenge of exploring the home planet. This text offers a distinctive integration of human-Earth relationships, an applied flavor, scientific correctness, and extraordinary currency. The new edition builds on the great success of the first two editions with its thorough, current coverage of physical geography. Geosystems presents the most up-to-date information about Earth's physical systems available in an introductory text--all viewed through the spatial analysis approach unique to physical geography. The text is supported by a superior cartographic and illustration program, including 210 new photographs, 80 remotely- sensed images, and 75 maps that have been re-rendered or are new to this edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Key Benefit: From the very first page, you are drawn into excitement of contemporary physical geography and the challenge of exploring the home planet. This book offers a distinctive integration of human-Earth relationships, an applied flavor, scientific correctness, and extraordinary currency. Key Topics: The new edition builds on the great success of the first two editions with its thorough, current coverage of physical geography. Geosystems presents the most up-to-date information about Earth's physical systems —all viewed through the spatial analysis approach unique to physical geography. The book is supported by a superior cartographic and illustration program, including 210 new photographs, 80 remotely- sensed images, and 75 maps that have been re-rendered or are new to this edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "nmatzke" on March 30, 2000
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I am a Teaching Assistant at UC Santa Barbara and relied heavily on Christopherson's text through 2 quarters of introductory physical geography. The book succeeds in its mission: it clearly explains the fundamental principles of the Earth's interacting atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, and it does so in a geographic context. The theme of interacting systems holds the material together, allowing students to integrate the multitude of basic concepts into a big picture. Christopherson takes time to include material on how humans interact with the various earth systems, a very relevant topic today with disasters in the news and environmental problems abounding. The text works best for students with a solid high school background in science, but seems achievable even for students who "hate science" or have a poor background in it. At the same time, due to extensive, well thought out diagrams, side-boxes, web references, and many thoughtful pictures, the text is engaging enough to keep even the most advanced students (and T.A. graduate students!) reading. Geosystems is considerably more accessible than Strahler & Strahler's Physical Geography, although the latter book should be preferred for more advanced courses. The only negative point of any significance is the CD-ROM included with the book. Perhaps it was my PC, but I found it clumsy to use, with small pictures, little interaction and generally not worth anyone's time. Few students even tried it, and none found it helpful for learning the material. Hopefully this will be revamped in future additions. In conclusion, I should mention that in addition to its academic virtures, the text is one of the most beautiful textbooks I have ever had the pleasure of owning.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. mcpherson on March 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was well organized and easy to understand for the most part. There were only a few parts (pages, really) that were sort of ho-hum. The diagrams and photos were top notch and really went well with the text. This text would be interesting to read just for the sake of it. I don't have another text to compare it to, which I imagine is a good thing. I've had other texts that were so bad that I only used them for the problem sets (Zill's diff eq text!) but the only external source I used with this book was the internet --and that was usually because something in the book sparked more curiosity.

I would have preferred more technical information (such as wave dynamics or quantative analysis) but I do understand this is an intro text and that I am a math geek.

Our instructor combined this text with the geography of the Pacific NW where I reside, and I certainly do look at the landscape quite differently after taking this course. For that, I give it a five.

Kudos to Christopherson for a well designed book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen O'Neil on September 30, 2009
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This is a really nice book and goes into detail. I need this book for class and I really like the class. The only suggestion that I have is asking your professor if you need the 7th edition or if you can use the 6th, there is little difference between the two books. My professor told me after I had already purchased this book that I could have used the 6th edition and saved lots of money. Overall great book!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Polymath-In-Training on August 17, 2007
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Fun to read?! A textbook!? That's right. I'm reading this for my own edification, not for a class, and I'm enjoying it. This book is amazingly well organized. It flows from topic to topic, and learning is enhanced. With most textbooks, you know the routine. Read it, hope the teacher can explain it better, then reorganize the material in your notes into some more understandable fashion. With Geosystems, it's just "read and learn."

I used to hate geography, now I love it. For more detailed info on this book, read the excellent Amazon reviews by steele and nmatzke.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Glenda S. Mccallister on September 15, 2005
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Good Book! Lots of good illustrations and examples, with an overubundance of current world data, and concepts. This book would be great to use in conjunction with classroom lectures for a sixteen week or full semester course, so that you have an opportunity to absorb pertinent material. With the amount of information in this book I would not recommend its' use for a short eight week internet course.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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Coment of 5 Feb 08: This amazing professional product has pride of place in my 3000 volum library. It is the permanet owner of the teacher's lecturn, always open to chapter. I include an image aboe to emphasize this point. This book and its author, are GOLD STANDARD.

This is the only DVD I watch weekly on background, stopping my work at each song. This is an incrediblly gifted rendition and integraration of reality art, technology, and directoriaq craft. Wow, wow, wow.

I picked this gem up at the University of Colorado bookstore. I do not have the time for a third graduate degree, but if I did, it would be in Environmental Science.

Unlike most textbooks, this hardcover version is worth every penny, and the paperback is a bargain. This is a large book, 8.5 x 11, crammed with photos, extraordinarily well organized, illustrated, and presented, and it includes a CD ROM that the previous owner never opened that I find to be priceless: a series of illustrations and animations keyed to every chapter, with a non-punitive self-test. Also provided free are an online study guide. Supporting materials include a Student Study Guide and a Student Lecture Notebook that provides illustrations and diagrams to be integrated into the class binder. All are identified by ISBNs, but if you miss page xviii, which outlines "the package," you will be unaware of the other resources.

Each chapter has the base material, a focus study, a news item, and more often than not, a career link. Each chapter ends with self-study questions. My bottom line: this book, taken seriously, *is* a self-taught graduate program in Geosystems.
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