How do physical, biological and human environments interact?
Fundamentals of the Physical Environment presents a comprehensive introduction to the study of the natural environment. This completely rewritten and expanded edition of the classic student textbook Fundamentals of Physical Geography, adopts a systems approach to explain the complex interactions of the natural environment.
The nature of Earth and its oceans; the Earth's climate and the potential impact of climate change; the main processes of geomorphology; and elements of ecosystems (soils and vegetation) are all explained. Chapters on sensitive environments are included in this new edition - polar, Mediterranean, drylands and humid tropical environments - through which the processes introduced in earlier chapters are explored and human-environment interactions are analysed. Topical global environmental problems such as global warming, population explosion and pressures of economic development, are discussed throughout.
Accessibly and authoritatively written, this new edition draws on local and global scale examples from around the world to offer students an essential introduction to the complexities of the physical environment.
Specific features include:]L * Clearly structured and accessible text
* Superb illustrations: 4-colour plate sections; over 400 informative illustrations
* Glossary of terms and key words highlighted throughout the text
* Global case studies boxed throughout
* Chapter summaries and key points
* Annotated further reading lists.
A Lecturers' Manual is available to accompany the text.
'The first edition was widely praised for its comprehensiveness and readability.' - Professor Derek Elsom
'Relevant and clear diagrams, lucid and easy to understand text. Good coverage of the subject and a clear layout.' - Mike Tuke, Cabridge Regional College
'An excellent comprehensive text for introductory undergraduate courses.' - Roger Dackombe, Wolverhampton University
'Very good overview of the subject, logical divisions, well illustrated.' - Mark Mulligan, Kings College, London
'A good introduction text. Diagrams and further reading section are particularly helpful for students.' - Kegang Wu, Liverpool University
'A simple, easy to follow yet informative text. This text should find an enormous gap in literature availability.' - Dr Brian Wilson, Central Lancashire University
'Clearly structured with good breadth of coverage for physical geography. Explanations are comprehensive, avoiding jargon and over-conceptualization.' - Fiona Tweed, Staffordshire University
'Good illustrations, clear and concise, good relevant examples and case studies.' - Miss Bax, Wolverhampton University
'An excellent general text, well-illustrated with very clear diagrammatic sketches which support the text very well. It provides a good cross section of physical geography ... popular with students.' - David Evans, University of Glasgow
'A comprehensive, well written text. The line drawings are very well done, clear and easily understood ... there is a major effort to link the physical processes to the human experience.' - Marilyn Raphael, University of California, Los Angeles
'This is the textbook I would have written if I had written a textbook for introductory physical geography. I am excited that a physical geography text finally demonstrates how physical geography is a natural science and that physical geography is an important discipline.' - David W. May, University of Northern Iowa