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 a ...show morettention has been paid to select full-color artwork and photographs which illuminate discussions. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 95
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