The Environment: Principles and Applications

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Psychology Press, 2001 - 660 pages
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The Environmentis a lively, comprehensive introduction for environmental study, explaining how the environment functions, how environmental systems relate, and the ways in which people and environment interact. Focusing particularly on the environmental impacts of human activities, the book explains the ways in which an understanding of basic physical principles can help us to use the environment and its resources.

Three particular approaches are adopted throughout:
* a systems approach- highlighting the interactions and interrelationships between the environment's diverse parts
* an interdisciplinary perspective- stepping back from an individual subject focus to examine the complex breadth of the environment's diversity
* a global perspective- incorporating stimulating examples drawn from around the world to illustrate broad global patterns and contrasts.

The Environmentexplains the principles and applications of the different parts of the Earth's system: the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and explains the interrelationship across these systems. It explores the present environmental crisis, examines how the planet Earth fits into the wider universe, and explores human-environment interactions, to offer a clear understanding of the diverse and complex environment we live in and new ways of thinking about the way it is changing.
Specific features include:
* Lively, stimulating and accessible text
* Superb illustrations: 4-colour plate sections
* Case studies drawn from around the world, boxed within the text
* Chapter summaries
* Annotated further reading lists
A Lecturer's Manual is available to accompany the text.

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Contents

ENVIRONMENT IN CRISIS
3
The crisis in context
9
Environment in crisis
11
Monitoring and analysis
17
Global environmental change
23
Summary
30
Population and environment
55
Systems
69
Deltas
382
Water resources
397
Water resource problems
399
Water quality and pollution
406
Summary
417
Deserts
426
Desertification
432
Coping with desertification
439

System dynamics
77
Environmental systems
84
Spaceship Earth
115
33
129
Structure of the universe
154
SOILS
173
Size shape and character 125
192
Summary
220
Energy from the Sun
232
The natural greenhouse effect
238
Major pollution incidents
245
Acid rain
251
Global warming
261
Summary
269
Atmospheric pressure and wind
278
Global wind circulation
284
Atmospheric moisture and precipitation
291
Rainfall
299
Fronts and frontal systems
307
Thunderstorms
313
Summary
324
Subpolar and arctic climates
340
Summary
347
THE HYDROLOGICAL CYCLE
351
River channel patterns
371
The hydrological cycle
379
Drylands
440
Cold and
447
OCEANS AND COASTS
472
Oceans and coasts
493
Estuaries
504
Sealevel change
511
How many species are there?
525
Applications of evolution
531
Conservation
539
Structure of the Earth 6 Dynamic Earth 7 Earth materials 17 The biosphere
547
Succession
567
Ecosystems succession and biomes
569
Products of succession
574
Temperate grassland
580
Tropical forests
586
Further reading
592
Learning objectives
593
Soil
595
Soil formation and profiles
600
The atmosphere 9 Atmospheric processes 10 Weather systems 11 Climate
608
Future prospects
623
New and emerging problems
631
Glossary
647
519
655
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