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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_.
With regard to the graphics, the text refers to them often, but more times than not the graphic is not on the page where the referral is (in a few cases, it's not even in the same chapter), causing the reader to constantly be flipping pages to make sense of what the authors are saying. The layout is also all over the place, and in some cases there's a four-line column sandwiched between a picture caption above and a graphic below, and the reader ends up trying to make sense of a paragraph that is completely disjointed before realizing that poor layout caused them to miss a few critical lines that would make the whole idea make sense.
As for the information, the authors all too often say something to the effect of "we'll talk about this later," leaving the reader knowing that this skipped topic is important but still having no grasp of it or how it plays in. And for all the good and interesting information presented, the book has some serious flow issues, making it an alternately difficult and boring read.
If you are looking at this book listing, you most likely are required to get this book for a class. It is in fact cheaper here than in most stores (and definitely cheaper than the campus bookstore), and even the free Super Saver Shipping will get it to your door in under ten days in most cases.
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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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Book was exactly what I needed for class. arrived fast and without issuePublished 6 months ago by Ryan
Got it for an introductory class. I still have it. Think it is a solid book.Published 18 months ago by NightElectric