(California State University, Sacramento)
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The Geographer’s Toolkit This introduction covers the traditional and modern tools and foundational concepts in wide use in geography.Part I Atmospheric Systems: Weather and Climate Part I explores how solar energy in the atmosphere creates atmospheric phenomena and organized systems. One chapter is devoted to the topic of climate change. 1. Portrait of the Atmosphere2. Seasons and Solar Energy 3. Water in the Atmosphere4. Atmospheric Circulation and Wind Systems5. The Restless Sky: Storm Systems and El Niño6. The Changing ClimatePart II The Biosphere and the Geography of LifePart II is contextualized around solar energy’s work in the biosphere. Major ecological units and human modification of the biosphere are emphasized. One chapter is devoted to marine ecosystems. 7. Patterns of Life: Biogeography 8. Climate and Life: Biomes 9. Soil and Water Resources10. The Living Hydrosphere: Ocean EcosystemsPart III Tectonic Systems: Building the LithospherePart III explores uplift and building topographic relief via geothermal energy. 11. Earth History, Earth Interior 12. Drifting Continents: Plate Tectonics13. Building the Crust with Rocks 14. Geohazards: Volcanoes and Earthquakes Part IV Erosion and Deposition: Sculpting the EarthPart IV examines the work of solar energy, water, chemical reactions, and gravity in grading the Earths surface.15. Weathering and Mass Movement16. Flowing Water: Fluvial Systems17. The Work of Ice: The Cryosphere and Glacial Landforms 18. Water, Wind, and Time: Desert Landforms19. The Work of Waves: Coastal Landforms
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