Synopses & Reviews
An environmental studies text written for geographers by geographers
Offering a true geographic approach to environmental issues, this Third Edition of William Marsh and John Grossa’s ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY: SCIENCE, LAND USE, AND EARTH SYSTEMS examines human-related environmental issues in the context of the processes and systems of physical geography.
Throughout, the authors emphasize traditional themes of geography, such as the concept of an integrated planet; the principles of space, scale, and distributions; the idea of landscape as a human-environmental interplay; and the perspective of earth as a dynamic planet with many environmental opportunities, constraints, and risks.
Now updated and revised, this Third Edition features:
- A continuing theme of sustainability, with more emphasis on efforts by governments, corporations, private organizations, and individuals that are showing promise in bringing us into balance with the planet.
- 16 new case studies, 12 of which deal with sustainability issues.
- A revised organization. The first five chapters have been rearranged to provide a better flow of topics from issues and perspectives, to environmental foundation material, to factual matter on the condition of earth and its people.
- New material in several chapters, including the increasing role of NGO's in working out solutions to environmental problems from the global to the local level.
- Thoroughly updated statistics on population, energy, and food production.
- Revised graphics, including dozens of new photos.
Focusing on the use and misuse of the environment, this forward-looking book provides insights into where we seem to be headed as a species on the planet. Emphasizes the geographic aspects of problems, such as air pollution, locational factors, scales considerations, distributions and spatial associations. Provides an overview of the modern environmental dilemma and the factors that need to be examined in order to gain an understanding of the problem. Features a review of our planet's open lands and the effort to preserve and manage them.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A World in Crisis: Environment and Humanity in the 21st Century
Chapter 2: Preparing to Understand Environmental Geography
Chapter 3: Environment, Land Use and Sustainable Development
Chapter 4: The Spread and Development of Human Population
Chapter 5: Global Cycles and Systems
Chapter 6: Ecosystems and the Bioclimatic Environment
Chapter 7: The Human Population: Trends and Patterns
Chapter 8: Agriculture, Food Production and Hunger
Chapter 9: Energy Generation, Use, and the Environment
Chapter 10: Atmospheric Environment and Land Use
Chapter 11: Air Population: Patterns, Trends and Impacts
Chapter 12: Hydrologic Environment and Land Use
Chapter 13: Water Pollution: Patterns, Trends and Impacts
Chapter 14: Hazardous Waste Production and Disposal
Chapter 15: Soil, Land and Land Use
Chapter 16: Biological Diversity and Land Use
Chapter 17: Open-Land Resources: Forests, Rangelands, Parks and Preserves
Chapter 18: Managing the Global Environment