"Anyone fascinated by natural phenomena and concerned about the state of the planet will treasure this work.... It is the first place to turn when needing answers to such questions as "How much water is in the ocean?", ... "What is the annual sediment load to the sea?" It also includes many of the equations used to calculate process rates and transfers between reservoirs."
--Prof. Suzanne N. Levine, Aiken Center, Burlington, Vermont
About the Author
Robert J. Charlson is Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Washington.
Gordon H. Orians lives in Seattle, where he is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Washington. He is the author or editor of several books, including, most recently, "Red-Winged Blackbirds: Decision-making and Reproductive Success "and" Life: The Science of Biology".