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Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation (8th Edition) 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131451391
ISBN-10: 0131451391
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"There is much to recommend this text. It is beautifully produced which makes it a delight to read. There are copious full-colour diagrams. Each chapter is finished with summary, key terms, questions and references. In addition to this, the book also has a series of animations on CD. These are extremely high quality animations which allow some of the more difficult aspects to be explained easily. Overall, this is a highly competent text with much to recommend it. Illustrations and CD are outstanding. ...the book represents a great resource for those needing to know more." Dr Paul S Ganderton, the Teaching Ecology Group's Book Review Editor

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Written from a landscape appreciation point of view, but is now balanced by greater focus on Earth processes that underlie the landscape. Illustrations have been completely revised to increase quantity, quality, and utility. The written text has been tightened so that despite a twenty percent increase in the number of illustrations, the text remains the same length. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (June 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131451391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131451391
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Obviously written by authors who have a deep appreciation for this subject and a desire to pass on their knowledge, this text is useful not just for students of physical geography, but for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of geopolitics, area studies, anthropology, world history, etc. For example, I would have no clue about the culture, history and politics of Central Asia/Afghanistan and vicinity (my area of interest) without having a comprehensive understanding of the physical terrain and climate of this region--and how its inhabitants have adapted to it. I would not have gained this understanding without reading this text.
My only complaint is that I had hoped for more emphasis on environmental issues. The authors may feel that this is beyond the scope of an introductory text; but problems such as the shrinking Aral Sea and tropical rainforest destruction are so widely catastrophic that I believe they deserve greater attention and understanding even at the introductory level.
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I remember this book from when I was an undergraduate, lo these many years ago (OK, so it was an earlier edition)! I'm glad to see it is still available and updated -- I enjoyed it then and I am using it now in answering the questions my children throw at me.
This is an excellent resource book. I probably wouldn't pick it up as a light read at bedtime, but if you are interested in this topic you could do far worse than to get _Physical Geography_.
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This amiable and well-written tome is a virtual soup-to-nuts survey of all aspects of Physical Geography. It is currently up to its ninth edition (2007) and still going strong; but the lay reader will not forego all that much by opting for this much cheaper seventh edition. (Amazon says it dates from 2001 but the publication page of my copy says 2002.)

By "Physical Geography" the discipline means a standard geographic treatment, but generally only of the earth and ocean, and for the earth and ocean. Thus we find sections that deal with impoverishment of soil by its inhabitants but not, specifically, the human geography of big cities. There are sections that deal in soils and rock forms, glaciations and wind forms; in this it is very near geology but doesn't deal much with what is in the earth to be mined. It is not strictly speaking, EnviSci but has chapters on our planet's flora and fauna and introduces the concept and range of biomes. It deals with plate tectonics and fault lines but not, say, with the demographic import or civil preparedness of earthquakes.

But as a Cook's Tour of the discipline, it is . . . well, disciplined, and students should be ready to work through topics such as Mechanisms of Heat Transfer, the Pressure of Atmosphere and Wind, and Modification of the General Circulation before getting into meteorology as such. It helped me greatly that this text is not for the proto-scientist, but for the numerically illiterate like me; and that its writing style is surprisingly engaging for an academic text, working logically from one topic to the next and not pounding any more terminology than is necessary.

I want to point out two small aspects of PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY that meant a great deal to me.
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I was not familiar with the subject of "physical geography" before buying this book. I am now a fan. This is the only textbook I have read from cover to cover, and it is that interesting. It provides very clear explanations for why natural phenomena look and act like they do, covering everything from weather to landforms to soils.
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By Leann on February 7, 2014
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i needed this book for a physical geography class when i was majorig in meteorology. this book was way cheaper here than in the college bookstore. it was a great buy, i still have it-i am a nerd and i enjoy reading it for fun on occasion.
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This is a great book. It has the same information as the 9th edition. I needed this book for my Geology class. The illustrations are great and I love the maps. It also comes with a CD.
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Every now and then you get a good deal, this was one of them. Great information and current and also what professor ordered.
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Although the authors clearly have a deep command and even affection for their subject, the text in this book is often murky. It is a serviceable work for beginners, but certainly not for novices to the area of physical geography. More strict editing and a more "user-friendly" layout in the text are called for, although the graphics do a generally competent job of illustrating more difficult concepts. I would recommend this book with reservations.
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