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Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography Plus Mastering Geography with eText -- Access Card Package, 9th Edition

By Robert W. Christopherson, Ginger E. Birkeland

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 1, 2014


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Table of Contents

1. Essentials of Geography


The Energy-Atmosphere System

2. Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons

3. Earth’s Modern Atmosphere

4. Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances

5. Global Temperatures

6. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations



The Water, Weather, and Climate Systems

7. Water and Atmospheric Moisture

8. Weather

9. Water Resources

10. Global Climate Systems

11. Global Climate Change



The Earth-Atmosphere Interface

12. The Dynamic Planet

13. Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism

14. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement

15. River Systems

16. Oceans, Coastal Systems, and Wind Processes

17. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes



Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes

18. The Geography of Soil

19. Ecosystem Essentials

20. Terrestrial Biomes


Appendix A Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps

Appendix B The Koppen Climate Classification System

Appendix C Common Conversions



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