Science of Earth Systems

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Cengage Learning, 2004 - Science - 655 pages
To meet the challenges of the future, the scientific community has recognized the importance of uniting efforts in understanding and caring for Earth and its systems. Science of Earth's Systems explains how scientists have found it necessary to share their research across disciplines to try and comprehend Earth's complexities, and how they are being affected by human activities. It brings together the interactions that occur in the living and non-living world, and provides readers with a solid understanding of the processes that take place on and around Earth and the synergies that exist between them. Topics covered include the role of science and technology in society; matter and energy; astronomy; geology; meteorology; oceanography; biology; environmental science; and much more. With colorful photo references, charts and tables, to help illustrate the subjects, this text is an valuable resource for learners of science in the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

The Foundations of Science
1
Matter and Energy
24
2 The Foundations of Science 11 Compounds and Molecules
31
The Exosphere
45
The Moon Earths Black Holes
80
The Solar System and
90
The Lithosphere
115
Plate Tectonics
124
Humidity Clouds Weather Radar and Satellites
336
Global Climate
344
2 Clouds and Precipitation 287 Hot House Climates
351
Acid Precipitation
360
The Hydrosphere
387
2 The Amazing Water
393
The Hydrologic Cycle
402
Oceanography
415

1 Earthquakes
142
1 Minerals
160
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186
Soils
200
The Earths
214
The Proterozoic
223
The Cenozoic
230
The Atmosphere
239
Insolation 250 Pressure Systems 306
256
Temperature and Pressure 262 Fronts 314
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2 Atmospheric Pressure 270 Tornadoes 328
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2 Groundwater
438
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The Biosphere
497
World Biomes
510
The Flow of Energy
534
Classification of
566
Glossary
596
420
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