The relationship of the biosphere to other Earth systems is underscored in every chapter.
Each chapter opens with a story and photo relating the subject of the chapter to Earth systems and environmental issues; this story is then referred to throughout the chapter.
Text enhanced with striking color photography and digital imaging, plus well-labeled, easy-to-follow process diagrams and flow cha...show morerts.
Unique cycling examples illustrate the cycling of matter and energy throughout the Earth system.
Boxes include Case Studies of actual environmental geology situations that help students develop analytic thinking, Geologist's Toolboxes that provide mathematical and technical background, and essays on Environmental Change.
"Closing Thoughts" essays give the authors the opportunity to think with their readers about the philosophical and economic aspects of a problem and contrast them with the scientific perspective.
I. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS: HOW HUMANS VIEW AND STUDY THE EARTH
1. Introduction to Environmental Geosciences
Example: Introductory Riddle Regarding Population Growth Earth's Changing Environment and Humans Critical Issues In Environmental Geosciences Science as a Way of Knowing The History of Science Limits to Science An Emerging Environmental World View
2. Dynamic Earth Systems
An Ongoing Experiment: The Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and Global Cooling Earth Systems Links and Cycles Among Earth Systems Cycles Energy Earth Dynamics
3. Time and Change: Earth and Human History
Experiment: Determining When Something Began to Happen from its Decay Temporal Aspects of Earth Systems Geologic Time : A Temporal Perspective of the Earth The Absolute Geologic Time Scale
II. SOLID EARTH SYSTEMS
4. The Crustal Rock System
Experiment: An Ancient Experiment with Melted Sand The Geosphere and Humans Processes Resources Hazards and Wastes Environmental Management Environmental and Global Change
5. Soil and Weathering Systems
Experiment: Unvegetated Soils and Soil Erosion Soil and Humans Processes Resources Hazards and Wastes Environmental Management Environmental and Global Change
III. FLUID SYSTEMS
6. Surface Water Systems
Example: Finding Ancient Rivers in the Desert with Satellites Surface Water and Humans Processes Resources Hazards and Wastes Environmental Management Environmental and Global Change
7. Ground Water Systems
Example: Getting Water out of Sand and Gravel Ground Water and Humans Processes Resources Hazards and Wastes Environmental Management Environmental and Global Change
8. Atmospheric Systems
Example: Changing Climates by Altering Gases in the Atmosphere The Atmosphere and Humans Processes Resources Hazards Environmental and Waste Management Environmental and Global Change
9. Oceans and Coastal Water Systems
Example: Salinity, Density, and Ocean Currents Oceans and Humans Processes Resources Hazards and Wastes Environmental Management Environmental and Global Change
IV. ENERGY SYSTEMS AND CHANGING EARTH SYSTEMS
10. Earth's Energy Systems
Example: Using Solar Energy to do Mechanical Work Energy and Humans The Energy Cascade Energy as a Human Resource Environmental Impacts of Energy Use Energy Policy and the Environment
11. Causes and Indicators of Global Environmental Change
Example: California Droughts What is Global Environmental Change? Origin of Earth's Climate: Insights from Other Planets Faint Young Sun Paradox Causes of Climate Change Indicators of Past Climatic and Environmental Change
12. History of Global Environmental Change
Example: Dessication of the Mediterranean Sea Introduction History of Global Change Human Evolution and Environmental Change Earth at the Last Glacial Maximum Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age Humans as Agents of Environmental Change
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