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Physical Geography

The Global Environment

Fourth Edition

H. J. de Blij, Peter O. Muller, James E. Burt, and Joseph A. Mason

Publication Date - January 2013

ISBN: 9780199859610

626 pages
Paperback
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $99.00

Designed for maximum flexibility, the book's fifty short units make it easier for you to teach the course you want to teach at a price your students can afford.

Description

Build the course you want to teach.

Well known for its flexibility, clarity of presentation, and graphic excellence, Physical Geography: The Global Environment, Fourth Edition, provides a thorough, scientifically authoritative, accessible, and geographic view into Earth's physical systems.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

Flexible structure:
Fifty short, self-contained units make the material in the text easier for students to understand and provide instructors with maximum flexibility in assigning readings, rearranging the order in which materials are taught, and customizing content.

Accessible presentation: Written by four scholars--each with decades of successful teaching and writing experience--the book presents complex topics in clear, student-friendly language.

Affordable price: Oxford University Press USA, a department of the University of Oxford, is a not-for-profit publisher devoted to furthering the university's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. Since accessible materials clearly support this mission, OUP USA uses a combination of not-for-profit status and financial discipline to offer course materials that generally cost students significantly less than those offered by commercial publishers.

SUPPORT PACKAGE (www.oup.com/us/deblij)
Physical Geography, Fourth Edition, is supported by an extensive and carefully produced supplements program, providing everything instructors need to prepare, present, and assess progress in their course in one easy-to-use package. The package includes:

Oxford University Press Animation Series: The authors have worked with leading animators to produce clear, dramatic, and illustrative animations and visualizations of some of the most important concepts in physical geography.

Digital Images and PowerPoint Presentations: All of the animations from the Oxford University Press Animation Series, all of the images from the text, and several animations and visualizations from other sources are available to instructors, pre-inserted into PowerPoint. In addition, our ancillary author team has created lecture outlines, arranged by unit, in PowerPoint.

Test Questions and Testing Software: Written by experienced professors and answerable directly from the text, these test questions provide instructors with a useful tool for creating and administering tests.

Animation and Visualization Exercises: Fun and interactive, these computer-graded exercises allow students to explore physical geography through a series of engaging, hands-on activities.

Review Questions: Available for each unit of the book, these computer-graded review questions can be assigned as homework--or used by students for self-review.

Lab Manual: Specifically designed to accompany the textbook, this affordable resource includes twenty concise labs. (978-0-19-985962-7)

Oxford Homework Online: Simple, intuitive, and mobile, this online resource puts the entire teaching and learning package in one place.* With assignment and assessment results flowing into a straightforward, interactive gradebook, the nationally hosted online learning course gives instructors a clear view into students' progress. And the system works on every major platform and device--including mobile devices! (www.oup.com/us/deblij)

* Website does not include the Lab Manual.

New to this Edition

  • New authors--James E. Burt and Joseph A. Mason: As practicing teachers and researchers with decades of experience in the classroom and in the field, this new author team draws on deep, personal experience and expertise in all aspects of physical geography teaching, research, and authorship.
  • New units on climate change: This edition features completely revamped coverage of climate change, with Unit 18 covering natural change and Unit 19 focusing on human-induced change.
  • Updated science: Descriptions and explanations have been methodically evaluated for accuracy, completeness, and currency. There is also expanded coverage of the science behind the greenhouse effect, the global carbon cycle, and other key topics.

About the Author(s)

H. J. de Blij
John A. Hannah Professor of Geography, Michigan State University
An undergraduate course in physical geography was Harm de Blij's eye-opener. As a graduate student, he conducted field research in the Swaziland (Africa) Lowveld, working on the hypothesis that this 120-kilometer-long, steep-sided valley might be a southern spur of the great East African rift valley system (PhD, Northwestern University). Since then he has addressed topics ranging from continental drift to climate change and from heat summation in viticulture to rogue waves in oceans. His more than thirty books include technical, text, and trade titles and have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Italian, and other languages. In the media he vigorously promotes geography as indispensable to education, decision-making, and domestic and foreign policy formulation.

Peter O. Muller
Professor of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami
Peter O. Muller's many works include The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, Sixth Edition (2012); Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, Fifteenth Edition (2011); and Economic Geography, Third Edition (1998). Dr. Muller's articles have appeared in numerous journals including The Professional Geographer, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and American Quarterly. His research interests focus on the changing geography of the United States, particularly new forms of suburbanization. He is coeditor of the journal Urban Geography, and has also served as academic production consultant for the original Annenberg/Corporation of Public Broadcasting video series, The Power of Place.

James E. Burt
Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The author of two textbooks--Understanding Weather and Climate, Sixth Edition (2012), and Elementary Statistics for Geographers, Third Edition (2009)--James E. Burt is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, textbook authorship, and courseware development. Dr. Burt's graduate training was in climatology and quantitative spatial analysis, and he has long had research interests located at the intersection of physical geography and geographic information science. His current research projects revolve around expert systems modeling of the physical environment and knowledge discovery methods for geospatial data.

Joseph A. Mason
Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joseph A. Mason has published dozens of publications and reports both as a faculty member and as a member of Nebraska's Conservation and Survey Division. An active teacher, he has taught a broad array of courses at the college and graduate level. Dr. Mason's research centers on eolian and hillslope geomorphology; loess stratigraphy/ sedimentology; pedology and soil geomorphology; paleopedology; Quaternary landscape evolution; and geomorphic response to Quaternary climate change, with a geographic focus on the Great Plains, northern China, the central Rocky Mountains, and the Upper Mississippi Valley.

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2003
May 1995

Reviews

"The section on climate change is outstanding! I like that it takes a strong stance with respect to the science, with none of the usual weasel-word approaches one is used to seeing in many such treatments. I think it may set the standard for discussion of climate change in physical geography texts!" --Michael E. Mann, The Pennsylvania State University

"I absolutely fell in love with this book. I am certain to not only adopt it myself, but also recommend it to colleagues. Thank you!" --Narcisa Pricope, Southern Oregon University

Table of Contents

    Unit 1. Introducing Physical Geography
    Geography
    Physical Geography and the Scientific Method
    Systems and Models in Physical Geography
    Geographic Magnitude
    PART ONE: A PLANETARY PERSPECTIVE
    Unit 2. The Planet Earth
    Earth Shape and Size
    Spheres of the Earth System
    Hemispheres
    Continents and Oceans
    The Ocean Basins
    Unit 3. Mapping the Earth's Surface
    Location on Earth
    Depicting Earth: Map Projections
    Map Interpretation: Isolines
    Evolving Cartographic Technology
    Unit 4. Earth-Sun Relationships
    Earth's Planetary Motions
    Seasonality
    Insolation and Its Variation
    Unit 5. Radiation and the Heat Balance of Planet Earth
    Energy and Heat Transfer
    Global Energy Balance
    Making Sense of Global Energetics
    PART TWO: ATMOSPHERIC AND SURFACE TEMPERATURE
    Unit 6. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere
    Inventory and Overview of Atmospheric Constituents
    The Origin, Evolution, and Maintenance of the Atmosphere
    Contents and Arrangement of the Atmosphere
    The Layered Structure of the Atmosphere
    Unit 7. Temperatures of the Lower Atmosphere
    What Is Temperature?
    Temperature in the Troposphere
    The Horizontal Distribution of Temperature
    Unit 8. Air Pressure and Winds
    Atmospheric Pressure
    Air Movement in the Atmosphere
    Large-Scale Wind Systems
    Small-Scale Wind Systems
    Unit 9. Circulation Patterns of the Atmosphere
    A Model of the Surface Circulation
    The Actual Surface Circulation Pattern
    The Aleutian, Icelandic, and Southern Hemisphere Subpolar Lows
    Secondary Surface Circulation: Monsoonal Windflows
    Circulation of the Upper Atmosphere
    Unit 10. Circulation of the World Ocean
    The Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere System
    Generation of Ocean Currents
    Flow Behavior of Ocean Currents
    Deep-Sea Currents
    El Niño-Southern Oscillation
    Unit 11. Atmospheric Moisture and the Water Balance
    The Physical Properties of Water
    Measuring Water Vapor
    The Hydrologic Cycle
    Evaporation
    Condensation and Clouds
    Precipitation
    The Surface Water Balance
    Unit 12. Precipitation, Air Masses, and Fronts
    Air Masses in the Atmosphere
    Lifting Mechanisms That Produce Precipitation
    Convergent-Lifting Precipitation
    Frontal Precipitation
    Convectional Precipitation
    Orographic Precipitation
    Unit 13. Weather Systems
    Low-Latitude Weather Systems
    Weather Systems of the Middle and Higher Latitudes
    Energy and Moisture Within Weather Systems
    PART THREE: CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
    Unit 14. Climate Classification and Regionalization
    Classifying Climates
    The Köppen Climate Classification System
    The Regional Distribution of Climate Types
    Extent and Boundaries of Climate Regions
    Unit 15. Tropical (A) and Arid (B) Climates
    The Major Tropical (A) Climates
    The Major Arid (B) Climates
    Unit 16. Mild Midlatitude (C) Climates
    The Perpetually Moist (Cf) Climates
    The Dry-Summer (Cs) Climates
    The Dry-Winter (Cw) Climates
    Unit 17. Higher Latitude (D, E) and High-Altitude (H) Climates
    The Major Severe Midlatitude (D) Climates
    The Polar (E) Climates
    High-Altitude (H) Climates
    Unit 18. Natural Climate Change
    The Nature of Climatic Change
    Climate Indicators
    Climate Change Mechanisms and Feedbacks
    Earth's Climate History
    Unit 19. Human Impacts on Climate
    Human Impact on Climate: Processes
    Global Warming Observed: Temperature Change in the Industrial Period
    Implicating Humans in Observed Global Warming
    Future Human Impacts on Climate
    PART FOUR: THE BIOSPHERE
    Unit 20. Climate, Soil, Plants, and Animals
    Natural Geography
    Conservation and the Biosphere
    The Biosphere and the Global Cycle of Carbon
    Unit 21. Formation of Soils
    The Formation of Soil
    Soil Profiles
    Soil Regimes
    Unit 22. Properties of Soil
    Sol and Ped
    Physical Properties of Soil
    Chemical Properties of Soil
    Soils of Hills and Valleys
    Development of the Soil System
    Unit 23. Classification and Mapping of Soils
    Classifying Soils
    Soil Taxonomy
    Unit 24. Biogeographic Processes
    Dynamics of the Biosphere
    Plant Succession
    Geographic Dispersal
    Unit 25. The Global Distribution of Plants
    Biomes
    Principal Terrestrial Biomes
    Unit 26. Zoogeography: Spatial Aspects of Animal Populations
    Range, Habitat, and Niche
    Processes of Evolution
    Emergence of Zoogeography
    Earth's Zoogeographic Realms
    Ecological Zoogeography and Conservation
    PART FIVE: THE RESTLESS CRUST
    Unit 27. Planet Earth in Profile: The Layered Interior
    Evidence of Earth's Internal Structure
    Earth's Internal Layers
    Earth's Outer Layer
    The Crustal Surface
    Unit 28. Minerals and Igneous Rocks
    Minerals
    Classification of Rock Types
    Igneous Rocks
    Unit 29. Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
    Sedimentary Rocks
    Metamorphic Rocks
    The Rock Cycle
    Unit 30. Plates of the Lithosphere
    Wegener's Hypothesis
    Plate Tectonics
    Movement of Plates
    Unit 31. Plate Movement: Causes and Effects
    The Mechanism of Plate Motion
    Isostasy
    Evolution of the Continents
    Unit 32. Volcanism and Its Landforms
    Distribution of Volcanic Activity
    Properties of Magma
    Volcanic Landforms
    Volcanoes and Human History
    Landscapes of Volcanism
    Unit 33. Earthquakes and Landscapes
    What Produces Earthquakes?
    Tsunamis
    Earthquake Damage
    Earthquake Distribution
    Earthquakes and Landscapes
    Unit 34. Faults, Folds, and Landscapes
    Terminology of Structure
    Faults
    Fold Structures
    Regional Deformation
    PART SIX: SCULPTING THE SURFACE: WEATHERING, MASS MOVEMENTS, AND FLOWING WATER
    Unit 35. The Formation of Landforms and Landscapes
    Processes That Shape Landforms and Landscapes
    Gravity, Slopes, and Relief
    Erosion and Tectonics
    Regional Landscapes
    Unit 36. Weathering Processes
    Mechanical Weathering
    Chemical Weathering
    Biological Weathering
    Geography of Weathering
    Unit 37. Mass Movements
    Slope Stability and Mass Movement
    Forms of Mass Movement
    The Importance of Mass Movements
    Unit 38. Water in the Lithosphere
    Water at the Surface
    Water Beneath the Surface
    Human Use of Groundwater
    Unit 39. Slopes and Streams
    Erosion of Slopes by Water
    Drainage Basins and Sediment Yields
    The Work of Streams
    The River as a System
    Unit 40. Landscapes Shaped by Stream Erosion
    Factors Affecting the Patterns of Stream Erosion
    Drainage Patterns
    Overcoming Geologic Structure
    Long-Term Evolution of the Landscape
    Unit 41. Landforms of the Fluvial System
    Alluvial Fans
    Landforms of River Valleys
    Deltas
    Unit 42. Karst Processes and Landforms
    Karst Processes
    Karst Landforms and Landscapes
    Karst and Caves
    PART SEVEN: SCULPTING THE SURFACE WITH OTHER AGENTS
    Unit 43. Glacial Erosion and Deposition
    Glaciers of the Past
    The Glacier as a System
    Glacial Movement and Erosion
    The Movement of Ice
    Unit 44. Landforms and Landscapes of Continental Glaciation
    Ice Sheets, Present and Past
    North America's Glaciations
    Landscapes Shaped by Continental Ice Sheets
    The Great Lakes and Their Evolution
    Pluvial Lakes
    Unit 45. Landforms and Landscapes of Mountain Glaciers
    Mountain Glaciers Today
    Erosional Landforms of Mountain Glaciers
    Depositional Landforms of Mountain Glaciers
    Unit 46. Periglacial Environments and Landscapes
    Permafrost
    Geomorphic Processes in Periglacial Environments
    Landforms of Periglacial Regions
    Understanding Periglacial Environments
    Unit 47. Wind as a Geomorphic Agent
    Wind Erosion
    Wind Transportation
    Landforms Shaped by Wind
    Loess
    Unit 48. Coastal Processes
    Waves
    Erosion and Transportation of Sediment by Wave Action
    Tides
    Storms and Crustal Movements
    Unit 49. Coastal Landforms and Landscapes
    Depositional Landforms
    Erosional Landforms
    Coastal Landscapes
    Living Shorelines
    Unit 50. Physiographic Realms and Regions: The Spatial Variation of Landscapes
    Defining Physiographic Realms and Regions
    Physiographic Realms and Regions of North America
    The Physiographic Imprint
    Appendix: SI and Customary Units and Their Conversions
    Pronunciation Guide
    Glossary of Terms
    Credits
    Index

Teaching Resources

Ancillaries

For Instructors: 

  • Physical Geography Dashboard: (9780199986200) Dashboard delivers quality content and tools and assessments to track student progress in an intuitive, web-based learning environment.  Assessments are designed to accompany your Oxford University Press textbook, and automatically graded so instructors can easily check students’ progress as they complete their assignments.  The color-coded gradebook illustrates at a glance where students are succeeding and where they can improve so instructors can adapt lectures to student needs on the fly.  Dashboard features a streamlined interface that connects instructors and students with the functions they perform most, and simplifies the learning experience by putting student progress first.
  • Supplements Demonstration Website: (http://www.oup.com/us/deblij) Physical Geography, Fourth Edition, is supported by an extensive and carefully produced supplements program, providing everything instructors need to prepare, present, and assess progress in their course in one easy-to-use package. The package includes:
    • Oxford University Press Animation Series: The authors have worked with leading animators to produce clear, dramatic, and illustrative animations and visualizations of some of the most important concepts in physical geography.
    • Digital Images and PowerPoint Presentations: All of the animations from the Oxford University Press Animation Series, all of the images from the text, and several animations and visualizations from other sources are available to instructors, pre-inserted into PowerPoint. In addition, our ancillary author team has created lecture outlines, arranged by unit, in PowerPoint.
    • Test Questions and Testing Software: Written by experienced professors and answerable directly from the text, these test questions provide instructors with a useful tool for creating and administering tests.
    • Animation and Visualization Exercises: Fun and interactive, these computer-graded exercises allow students to explore physical geography through a series of engaging, hands-on activities.
    • Google Earth Exercises: Written by renowned Google Earth experts Declan De Paor and Steven Whitmeyer, each these exercises uses the power of Google Earth to illustrate some of the most important and difficult to visualize concepts in geography. 
    • Review Questions: Available for each unit of the book, these computer-graded review questions can be assigned as homework--or used by students for self-review.
    • Physical Geography Lab Manual: (print 9780199859627) Specifically designed to accompany the textbook, this affordable resource includes twenty concise labs.
    • Physical Geography Class Test Bank: (print 9780199330553) Every unit in the book is accompanied by test questions, written by Steve Ladochy, Pedro Ramirez, and Angelique Hamane, all of California State University Los Angeles, that professors can use to create exams. These questions are taken directly from the unit, and focus on important concepts rather than trivia.

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