Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1986 - Science - 558 pages
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This primary text, designed for undergraduate courses, provides a modern approach to the fundamentals of physical geography by linking process, form, and effect. The authors explore the natural world as a series of systems and consider the relationship between the different components of each. They examine, in turn, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, providing a thorough discussion of their composition and the ways in which their interaction forms our global environment. Throughout, the authors demonstrate the role of humanity in influencing the physical environment and the ways in which we are affected by our surroundings. Clearly written and lavishly illustrated with maps, drawings, photographs, and charts, Fundamentals of Physical Geography is an ideal text.
 

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Good book for geologic and morphological concepts

Contents

Preface
6
a starting point
7
The global energy system
16
The atmospheric system
32
Energy balance of the atmosphere
41
Heat and moisture in the atmosphere
53
The atmosphere in motion
71
Weatherforming systems
92
Erosion and deposition
307
Hillslopes
319
Streams
335
Glacial and periglacial systems
365
Aeolian systems
391
Lacustrine coastal and marine systems
404
Ecosystems
426
Soil formation
439

Climates of the world
107
Micro and local climates
133
Climatic change
152
The global water balance
172
Precipitation
182
Evapotranspiration
199
Runoff and storage
213
Oceans and their circulation
231
Landscape form and process
244
The formation of rocks
250
Earthbuilding
265
Weathering
288
Development of the vegetation layer
454
Biogeochemical cycling
469
World ecosystems
483
Man and the ecosystem
505
KoppenGeiger system of climatic classification
524
Soil classification systems
526
Further reading
532
Bibliography
539
Index
547
Acknowledgements
556
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About the author (1986)

David Briggs is Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He completed his BSc and PhD from Durham University. He has served as Demonstrator in Botany, Botany School, University of Cambridge from 1961 1964; a Lecturer in Botany, University of Glasgow from 1974 2001; and Lecturer in Botany, and Curator of the Herbarium, Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University from 1974 2001. He has a lifelong interest in conservation, evolution, genetics and taxonomy. His practical conservation experience includes being a former member of the Wicken Fen Committee of the National Trust and the Milngavie Civic Trust. He was formerly the Chair of Cam Valley Forum - an action group active in the conservation of the Cam, its flood plain and tributaries. He has co-authored Plant Variation and Evolution, also by Cambridge University Press, now in its third edition.

The British architect Peter Simpson has produced one of the most significant and influential bodies of work of the second half of the 20th century. His books include Urban Structuring, Ordinariness and Light, Without Rhetoric, The Shift, and the influential Team X Primer.

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