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Blue Planet : An Introduction to Earth System Science - Study Guide

Blue Planet : An Introduction to Earth System Science - Study Guide - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471599258

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ISBN13: 978-0471599258
ISBN10: 0471599255
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 1995
International: No

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Blue Planet : An Introduction to Earth System Science - Study Guide - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471599258

Brian J. Skinner

ISBN13: 978-0471599258
ISBN10: 0471599255
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Published: 1995
International: No
Summary

A unique introduction to the holistic view of the Earth. Stresses the systems approach, showing the energy flows and links between the Earth's different parts--the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and the solid Earth--and the balance in the global environment that exists as a result of these interactions. Every chapter opens with a topical essay dealing with research on the subject matter and closes with a guest essay written by a researcher in the field. Special attention has been paid to select full-color artwork and photographs which illuminate discussions.

Table of Contents

CLUSTER 1. THE EARTH IN SPACE.

Fellow Travelers in Space: Earth's Nearest Neighbors.

CLUSTER 2.THE EARTH BENEATH OUR FEET.

Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior.
The Heat Within: Magma and Volcanoes.
The Earth's Evolving Crust.

CLUSTER 3. THE EARTH'S BLANKET OF WATER AND ICE.

The World Ocean.
The Changing Face of the Land.

CLUSTER 4. THE EARTH'S GASEOUS ENVELOPE.

Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere.
The Earth's Climate System.

CLUSTER 5. THE DYNAMICS OF LIFE.

Dynamics of the Global Ecosystem.
Evolution of the Biosphere.

CLUSTER 6. LIVING ON THE EARTH.

Resources from the Earth.
Global Change: A Planet Under Stress.

Appendices.
Glossary.
Index.

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