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Visualizing #3: Visualizing Physical Geographyby Alan Strahler
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This debut edition of Visualizing Physical Geography encompasses the science of physical geography from local to global scales, using a uniquely visual approach to take students on a journey from the top layers of the Earth’s atmosphere to the rocks underlying the ocean basins to the forests of the farthest continents. As students explore the critical topics of physical geography, their study of the climate, surface features, and habitats around the world uses basic concepts of ecology, geology, chemistry, environmental science, biology, and physics and many other disciplines. Visualizing Physical Geography reinforces these interacting components and, with its premier art program, vividly illustrates the interconnectedness of physical processes that weave together to create our planet’s dynamic surface and atmosphere.
Visualizing Geography relies heavily on other visuals with text to elucidate concepts for students and solidify their understanding of them. The goal is to help students understand the world around them and interpret what they see in a meaningful, accurate and exciting way. The content, design and layout of the text takes advantage of the full capacity in which students process information – visual as well as verbal.
Visualizing Geography also helps students examine their own personal studying and learning styles with several new pedagogical aids — encouraging students to apply what they are learning to their everyday lives. Visualizing Geography continues to offer ongoing study tips and psychological techniques for mastering the material. Most importantly students are provided with numerous opportunities to immediately access their understanding.
Book News Annotation:
This is a twenty-first century textbook. Strahler (geography, Boston University) and Merali, a science writer, have collaborated with National Geographic to present a multi-media introduction to physical geography. From the effects of the sun to the depths of the ocean, the diversity of the earth is explained through clear text and demonstrated in photographs, graphs, and diagrams. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. An on-line supplement takes the student through the ecosystems, provides exercises with instant corrections and suggests areas for further study. The visuals are stunning. Having an Internet adjunct means that the course can be infinitely adaptable, keeping pace with new discoveries. By making each chapter a contained unit, professors can use the material in any order. Designed as an introductory class for non-science majors, this could be used profitably in high schools. It is especially suited to long-distance learning and continuing education classes. Oversize 9.5x11". Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Go beyond the words on a page and discover how the Earth works by visualizing critical concepts. This book takes an innovative approach by telling the story though images taken from the National Geographic Society. By weaving photos, drawings and maps into the text, readers will be able to easily learn the complex processes of the Earth's surface. It arms them with a fuller more accessible picture of the science.
Table of Contents
1. The Earth as a Rotating Planet
2. The Earth's Global Energy Balance
3. Air Temperature
4. Atmospheric Moisture and Precipitation
5. Winds and Global Circulation
6 Weather Systems
7. Global Climates
8. Earth Materials and Plate Tectonics
9. Volcanic and Tectonic Landforms
10. Weathering and Mass Wasting
11. Fresh Water of the Continents
12. Landforms Made by Running Water
13. Landforms Made by Waves and Wind.
14. Glacial Landforms and the Ice Age
15. Global Soils
16. Biogeographic Processes
17. Global Biogeography
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