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Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation (8th Edition) 8th Edition
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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.
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_.
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.Read more ›
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I got to use this book last semester and it got the job done, I was very pleased with everythingPublished on January 22, 2014 by Isidro Salazar
Exactly what a needed used to keep up with class lectures and studying and homework arrived in great condition looks new.Published on October 11, 2013 by ron