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The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science, 3rd Edition

January 2011, ©2011
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The Third Edition of Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science treats earth science from a systems perspective, showing how the four spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere) are interrelated. In this edition, significant emphasis is placed on cycling of materials and energy, and interactions among the spheres. The text also places much clearer emphasis on basic science, which can be seen in the reorganization of topics into Energy and Matter chapters, as well as a new "The Basics" feature in each chapter. This edition is also more systematic about documenting human impacts on the various spheres of the Earth system.
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Part I. The Earth System: Our Place in Space

1. The Earth System

2. Matter

3. Energy


4. The Solar System

Part II. The Geosphere: Earth Beneath Our Feet

5. The Dynamic Geosphere

6. Earthquakes and Volcanoes

7. The Rock Cycle

Part III. The Hydrosphere: Earth's Blanket of Water and Ice

8. The Hydrologic Cycle

9. The Frozen Hydrosphere

10. The World Ocean

Part IV. The Atmosphere: Earth's Gaseous Envelope

11. The Atmosphere

12. Wind and Weather Systems

13. The Climate System

Part V. The Biosphere: Life on Earth

14. Life, Death, and Evolution

15. Energy and Matter in Life Systems

16. Earth's Major Ecosystems

17. Habitat, Interactions, and Diversity

Part VI. The Anthrosphere: Humans and the Future of Earth

18. Earth's Resources

19. The Changing Earth System
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  • Improved coverage of the biosphere, atmosphere, and the oceans
  • Adding pedagogy to make the content more accessible
  • Better discussion of all spheres
  • New media for instructors
  • New organization with 3 chapters devoted to each of the five spheres
  • A new emphasis on cycles, the pathways that matter and energy take between and among the spheres
  • New feature, “Make the Connection,” highlights the interactions within and among the spheres.   
  • “The Basics” sections cover important background information such as states of matter (Chapter 11), and the Koppen system of climate classification (Chapter 13)
  • “A Closer Look” sections go more deeply into advanced topics
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  • Systems approach connects all the processes of earth sciences into a "holistic" approach so students learn how these are connected.
  • The book contains beautiful photos and figures explaining complex processes.
  • Many chapters contain a guest essay written by a researcher. These essays help students relate the material of the chapter to today's on-going research.
  • "A Closer Look" provides more detail on specialized topics within the chapters.
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The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science, 3rd Edition
ISBN : 978-0-470-91402-1
672 pages
February 2011, ©2011
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The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science, 3rd Edition
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