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Environmental Geography: Science, Land Use, and Earth Systems, 3rd Edition

Environmental Geography: Science, Land Use, and Earth Systems, 3rd Edition

William M. Marsh, John Grossa Jr.

ISBN: 978-0-471-48280-2

Nov 2004

512 pages

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Environmental Geography combines traditional physical geography with a consideration of human-related environmental issues.  This unique text emphasizes physical processes and systems, using the tools of geography, such as maps, to convey information.

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Chapter 1: A World in Crisis: Environment and Humanity in the 21st Century
Chapter 2: Preparing to Understand Environmental Geography
Chapter 3: Environment, Land Use and Sustainable Development
Chapter 4: The Spread and Development of Human Population
Chapter 5: Global Cycles and Systems
Chapter 6: Ecosystems and the Bioclimatic Environment
Chapter 7: The Human Population: Trends and Patterns
Chapter 8: Agriculture, Food Production and Hunger
Chapter 9: Energy Generation, Use, and the Environment
Chapter 10: Atmospheric Environment and Land Use
Chapter 11: Air Population: Patterns, Trends and Impacts
Chapter 12: Hydrologic Environment and Land Use
Chapter 13: Water Pollution: Patterns, Trends and Impacts
Chapter 14: Hazardous Waste Production and Disposal
Chapter 15: Soil, Land and Land Use
Chapter 16: Biological Diversity and Land Use
Chapter 17: Open-Land Resources: Forests, Rangelands, Parks and Preserves
Chapter 18: Managing the Global Environment
  • A continuing theme of sustainability, with more emphasis on efforts by governments, corporations, private organizations, and individuals that are showing promise in bringing us into balance with the planet.
  • 16 new case studies, 12 of which deal with sustainability issues.
  • A revised organization. The first five chapters have been rearranged to provide a better flow of topics from issues and perspectives, to environmental foundation material, to factual matter on the condition of earth and its people.
  • New material in several chapters, including the increasing role of NGO's in working out solutions to environmental problems from the global to the local level.
  • Thoroughly updated statistics on population, energy, and food production.
  • Revised graphics, including dozens of new photos.
· Environmental Geography is written at the appropriate level for undergraduates providing a good introduction to the key topics.  Instructors can choose which topics they would like to emphasize and explore in greater detail with students.
· The first edition of this title was praised for its strong coverage of policy issues including laws, regulations and international agreements.
· The author has written the text from a uniquely geographic perspective.  Emphasis is on the spatial aspects of environmental use and abuse.
· A comprehensive glossary provides students with an excellent reference for key concepts.