Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 December 2015

672 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190246860

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Physical Geography: The Global Environment

Fifth edition

Joseph Mason, Jason Burt, Peter Muller, and Harm de Blij

  • Flexible structure: Organized into forty-nine short, self-contained units, the book provides instructors with more freedom in assigning readings, rearranging the order in which materials are taught, and customizing content
  • Strong reliance on systems framework: Emphasizes Earth processes and interactions between spheres rather than memorization or terminology. Throughout the book, the authors apply the conservation principles presented in Unit 1 to explain phenomena from molecular to global scales, paying particular attention to feedbacks and the time scales on which they operate.
  • Keeps humans in the picture: Understanding the role of humans in the Earth system and its importance to society is critical to building a good geographic understanding. Using meticulously chosen examples, the authors effectively convey to students the two-way interaction between human society and the natural world
  • Accessible presentation: Written by four scholars-each with decades of successful teaching and writing experience-the book presents complex topics in clear language
  • Robust ancillary package for both instructors and students: includes the Oxford University Press Animation Series, Interactive Animation and Visualization Exercises, Test Questions, and a Lab Manual
  • 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

New to this Edition:

  • Extensive new figures guide students through complex concepts
  • In-depth treatment of biogeochemical cycles in Unit 20 emphasizes carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Many figures have been enhanced digitally with live content that can easily be played on a smartphone
  • Carefully updated science. Descriptions and explanations have been methodically evaluated for accuracy, completeness, and currency. Examples of expanded coverage include:
  • o Enhanced coverage of the nitrogen cycle
  • o Systematic discussions of streams and glaciers as open systems
  • o A new discussion of evolution and its importance to biogeography