An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment by Joseph Holden

By Joseph Holden

This hugely revered and best-selling textbook presents an attractive and finished creation to the foremost issues inside actual geography. It makes a speciality of knowing the inter-linkages among approaches, locations and environments and is absolutely illustrated to illustrate how the actual setting works. An advent to actual Geography and the surroundings is followed by means of a wealthy and large variety of digital help assets together with up-to-date weblinks correct for every bankruptcy, a number of selection questions, fieldwork workouts, interactive versions and movies. The textual content is acceptable for either undergraduate and postgraduate research within the box of actual geography.

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Indeed it has often been referred to as the ‘book that shook the world’. The book outlined how there could be a relatively gradual change in the characteristics of successive generations of a species and that higher plants and animals evolved slowly over time from lower beings. This evolution occurred as a result of competition within local interacting communities (see Chapters 19, 20 and 21). Darwin’s book helped throw the idea that there was a complete difference between humans and the animal world into turmoil as he reinforced the suggestion that humans evolved from lower beings.

Case studies are intensive field research methods and are used widely in physical geography. g. an agricultural field compared with a natural hillside). g. g. water infiltration). 9). There are a number of problems with using case studies. Firstly, if you spend a lot of time in just one place it must be asked whether the findings are relevant to other places. In most cases they will not be. g. on one glacier in New Zealand)? Case studies provide us with a better way of looking at how things are related.

Physical geography is about understanding interactions of processes involving the Earth’s climate system, oceans, landforms, animals, plants and people. This understanding requires linking the physical systems together and relating human actions to the physical environment. Of interest to physical geographers are the mechanisms that maintain flows of energy and matter across the Earth. There are components of study which include processes associated with plate tectonics, geomorphology, climatology, glaciology and hydrology that shape the surface of the Earth; the collection of climatic and atmospheric processes acting as one of the ultimate controls on the landscape and biosphere; and the ecological and biogeographical patterns that characterize the living portion of the Earth.

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