The Blue Planet, Study Guide: An Introduction to Earth System Science, Volume 2

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Wiley, May 6, 1999 - Science - 193 pages
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The image of the Earth on the front cover was acquired from the GOES-8 Imager by the Laboratory for Atmosphere at NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. It was taken on September 2, 1994, using two channels for the Imager to produce a "natural color" effect. The photos shown here on the back cover illustrate the four spheres of the Earth system - the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere - together with changes being produced by human activities.

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Brian J. Skinner is Professor of Geology and Geophysics at YaLe University and a past president of the Geological Society of America. He coedited The Oxford Companion to the Earth

Porter joined the geology faculty of the University of Washington after receiving graduate degrees from Yale University.

Daniel Botkin is President of the Center for the Study of the Environment in Santa Barbara, California, and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than one hundred books and articles,
including Discordant Harmonies (OUP 2000).

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