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Environmental Geology : An Earth System Science Approach -Text Only

Environmental Geology : An Earth System Science Approach -Text Only - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0716728344

Cover of Environmental Geology : An Earth System Science Approach -Text Only 98 (ISBN 978-0716728344)
ISBN13: 978-0716728344
ISBN10: 0716728346
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: W.H. Freeman
Published: 1998
International: No

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Environmental Geology : An Earth System Science Approach -Text Only - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0716728344

Dorothy Merritts, Andrew De Wet and Kirsten Menking

ISBN13: 978-0716728344
ISBN10: 0716728346
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: W.H. Freeman

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary
  • 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 charts.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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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