Discovering Physical Geography, 2nd Edition
January 2011, ©2011
The text and media package were created simultaneously by Alan Arbogast, who regularly teaches the physical geography course at Michigan State University.
The media package for Discovering Physical Geography, Second Edition provides a comprehensive suite of animations, simulations and interactivities that help students comprehend important Earth processes. Vivid images, animations, videos, simulations, assessments and virtual field trips all support the narrative material and enable students to interact with key processes and actively participate in visualizations.
With the Discovering Physical Geography media package you get all the resources you need in one place, all organized around the chapters of the textbook. You can choose any combination of resources, or add your own to create highly personal class presentations that truly reflect your passion for physical geography.
Chapter 2: The Geographers' Tools.
Chapter 3: Earth-Sun Geometry and the Seasons.
Chapter 4: The Global Energy System.
Chapter 5: Global Temperature Patterns.
Chapter 6: Atmospheric Pressure, Wind, and Global Circulation.
Chapter 7: Atmospheric Moisture and Precipitation.
Chapter 8: Air Masses and Cyclonic Weather Systems.
Chapter 9: Global Climates and Global Climate Change.
Chapter 10: Plant Geography.
Chapter 11: The Global Distribution and Character of Soils.
Chapter 12: Earth’s Internal Structure, Rock Cycle, and Geologic Time.
Chapter 13: Tectonic Processes and Landforms.
Chapter 14: Weathering and Mass Movements.
Chapter 15: Groundwater and Karst Landscapes.
Chapter 16: Fluvial Systems and Landforms.
Chapter 17: Glacial Geomorphology: Processes and Landforms.
Chapter 18: Arid Landscapes and Eolian Processes.
Chapter 19: Coastal Processes and Landforms.
Chapter 20: Population Growth and Environmental Impacts.
New chapter on population growth
New chapter on relevance of physical geography to environmental issues
Extensive coverage of Global Climate Change
New sections dealing with human interactions with solar energy, wind power, soils, and petroleum
Every chapter is now organized around Learning Objectives
"What the Geographer Sees" shows students how geographers interpret landscapes through "more than meets the eye" photos.
"Key Concepts to Remember" This is an interim summary feature that appears after specific sections of the chapter are covered.
"Visual Concept Check" offers a scenario with questions and illustrations to test students understanding as they proceed through the chapter.
"Locator maps with photographs" are critical photographs are accompanied by a small map indicating the location of the site shown.
"Marginal glossary" contains key terms are set in boldface type in the text and defined in the margin for easy recognition and reference.
"Check Your Understanding" Self-assessment questions, with illustrations to aid recall.
Visual preview of the next chapter.
Interactive multimedia sections within the chapter.
Visual summaries of important Chapter concepts.