Synopses & Reviews
Carrying forth Tom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, this best-seller fosters a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy appeal to a wide variety of readers. This edition includes thoroughly updated content and introduces renowned illustrator Dennis Tasa — yet it maintains the proven approach first presented by McKnight more than two decades ago.
Introduction to Earth; Portraying Earth; Introduction to the Atmosphere; Insolation and Temperature; Atmospheric Pressure and Wind; Atmospheric Moisture; Atmospheric Disturbances; Climate and Climate Change; The Hydrosphere; Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere; Terrestrial Flora and Fauna; Soils; Introduction to Landform Study; The Internal Processes; Preliminaries to Erosion: Weathering and Mass Wasting; Fluvial Processes; Solution Processes and Karst Topography; The Topography of Arid Lands; Glacial Modification of Terrain; Coastal Processes and Terrain.
A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about physical geography.
This classic best-seller helps give you a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear writing style, superior art program, and other learning aids appeal to students in many majors. This edition includes thoroughly updated content and introduces renowned illustrator Dennis Tasa—yet it maintains the proven approach first presented by respected authority Tom L. McKnight more than 20 years ago.
Carrying forthTom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, this best-seller fosters a solid understanding of Earth and its physical geography. Its clear, user-friendly writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy appeal to a wide variety of readers. Updates and expands coverage of global environmental change, including a new section on measuring and understanding climate change. Expands section on human alteration of the atmosphere, including ozone depletion and air pollution. Expands sections on tsunamis and human modification of shorelines. A useful reference for anyone interested in physical geography.
About the Author
began teaching geography at City College of San Francisco in 1990 and served as chair of the Earth Sciences Department from 1995 to 2009. After earning his bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978, he served for two years as a teacher in the Peace Corps on the Korean island of Chejudo. Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a writer, photographer, and audiovisual producer. His association with Tom McKnight began as a graduate student at UCLA, where he served as one of Tom’s teaching assistants. Their professional collaboration developed after Darrel graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in geography in 1990. He first wrote the Study Guide that accompanied the fourth edition of Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, and then the Laboratory Manual that accompanied the fifth edition. Darrel has been authoring both works ever since. In 1999 Tom asked Darrel to join him as coauthor of the textbook. As did Tom, Darrel greatly enjoys the outdoor world. Darrel and his wife Nora, are avid hikers, campers, and scuba divers.
Tom L. McKnight taught geography at UCLA from 1956 to 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Southern Methodist University in 1949, his master’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado in 1951, and his Ph.D. in geography and meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1955. During his long academic career, Tom served as chair of the UCLA Department of Geography from 1978 to 1983, and was director of the University of California, Education Abroad Program in Australia from 1984 to 1985. Passionate about furthering the discipline of geography, he helped establish the UCLA/Community College Geography Alliance and generously funded awards for both undergraduate and graduate geography students. His many honors include the California Geographical Society’s Outstanding Educator Award in 1988, and the honorary rank of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from UCLA. In addition to Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, his other college textbooks include The Regional Geography of the United States and Canada; Oceania: The Geography of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands; and Introduction to Geography, with Edward F. Bergman. Tom passed away in 2004—the geographic community misses him enormously.
Table of Contents
Exercise 1 Metric Conversions
Exercise 2 Location
Exercise 3 Time
Exercise 4 Map Scale
Exercise 5 Map Projections
Exercise 6 Isolines
Exercise 7 Earth-Sun Relations
Exercise 8 Solar Angle
Exercise 9 Insolation
Exercise 10 Temperature Patterns
Exercise 11 Air Pressure
Exercise 12 Wind
Exercise 13 Humidity
Exercise 14 Adiabatic Processes
Exercise 15 Stability
Exercise 16 Midlatitude Cyclones
Exercise 17 Weather Maps
Exercise 18 Weather Satellite Images
Exercise 19 Doppler Radar
Exercise 20 Hurricanes
Exercise 21 Climate Classification
Exercise 22 Biome Distribution and Climate
Exercise 23 Contour Lines
Exercise 24 U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Maps
Exercise 25 Topographic Profiles
Exercise 26 U.S. Public Land Survey System
Exercise 27 Stereo Aerial Photographs
Exercise 28 Plate Tectonics
Exercise 29 Volcanoes
Exercise 30 Volcanic Calderas
Exercise 31 Faulting
Exercise 32 The San Andreas Fault
Exercise 33 Mass Wasting
Exercise 34 Drainage Basins
Exercise 35 Floodplains
Exercise 36 Stream Drainage Patterns
Exercise 37 Stream Rejuvenation
Exercise 38 Flood Recurrence Intervals
Exercise 39 Karst Topography
Exercise 40 Desert Landforms
Exercise 41 Sand Dunes
Exercise 42 Continental Glaciation
Exercise 43 Alpine Glaciation
Exercise 44 Coastal Landforms
Appendix I Weather Map Symbols
Appendix II Color Topographic Maps
Appendix III Glossary \n