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Earth System - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0131420595

Cover of Earth System 2ND 04 (ISBN 978-0131420595)
ISBN13: 978-0131420595
ISBN10: 0131420593
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Earth System - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131420595

Lee Kump, Robert G. Crane and James F. Kasting

ISBN13: 978-0131420595
ISBN10: 0131420593
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

The first book of its kind that addresses the issues of global change from a perspective of Earth as a system, The Earth System offers a solid emphasis on lessons from Earth history that may guide decision-making in the future. This book teaches global change and how it affects our environment. Modern topics covered by this comprehensive book are the atmosphere and global warming, the circulation of the oceans, plate tectonics, ecosystems, the origin of Earth and life, the rise of oxygen and ozone depletion, biodiversity, and climate stability. Because of its incredibly detailed appendices, tables, and suggestions for further reading, this will make an excellent reference work for geologists, oceanographers, meteorologists, and geographers.

Table of Contents

1. Global Change.
2. Daisyworld: An Introduction to Systems.
3. Global Energy Balance: The Greenhouse Effect.
4. The Atmospheric Circulation System.
5. The Circulation of the Oceans.
6. Modeling the Atmosphere/Ocean System.
7. Circulation of the Solid Earth: Plate Tectonics.
8. Recycling of the Elements: The Carbon Cycle.
9. Ecosystems.
10. Origin of the Earth and of Life.
11. Effect of Life on the Atmosphere: The Rise of Oxygen and Ozone.
12. Long-Term Climate Regulation.
13. Biodiversity Through Earth History.
14. Pleistocene Glaciations.
15. Short-Term Climate Variability.
16. Global Warming.
17. Ozone Depletion.
18. Human Threats to Biodiversity.
19. Climate Stability on Earth and Earth-Like Planets.


Appendix A: Units and Unit Conversions.
Appendix B: Temperature Conversions.
Appendix C: Periodic Table.
Appendix D: Useful Facts.
Glossary.
Index.