Introduction to Physical Geography & the Environment,
2nd edition

By Joseph Holden
October 2008
Prentice Hall
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9780131753044
800 pages
$89.50 Paper Original

The second edition of this best-selling and highly respected textbook provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the major topics within physical geography. An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment is designed with a range of in-text features such as case studies and reflective questions to aid study. As well as this, students have access to a rich and extensive range of online support resources such as extra weblinks, fieldwork worksheets, interactive models and new video clips of physical processes in action, all of which will help them achieve success in their Physical Geography course.


Part I: The role of physical geography

1 - Approaching physical geography

Part II: Continents and oceans 2 - Earth geology and tectonics 3 - Oceans

Part III: Climate and weather

4 - Atmospheric processes 5 - Global climate and weather 6 - Regional and local climates

Part IV: Soils, biogeography and ecology

7 - Soil and the environment 8 - The biosphere 9 - Biogeographical concepts 10 - Ecological processes Part V: Geomorphology and hydrology 11 - Erosion, weathering and landform evolution 12 - Sediments and sedimentation 13 - Catchment hydrology 14 - Fluvial geomorphology and river management 15 - Solutes 16 - Dryland processes and environments 17 - Coasts 18 - Glaciers and ice sheets 19 - Permafrost and periglaciation Part VI: Environmental change 20 - Quarternary environmental change 21 - Climate change: an unprecedented environmental challenge 22 - Vegetation and environmental change 23 - Remote sensing of environmental change 24 - Managing environmental change


·  Each chapter is written by a leading specialist in the field to provide informative, expert and practical coverage

· A range of in-text features aid independent study including case studies, reflective questions, annotated further reading and weblinks

·  Boxed features, including Techniques, Environmental Change and New Directions help apply knowledge to the real world of physical geography

·  An impressively wide range of examples from around the world illustrates the physical environment with truly global scope

·  Brand new chapters on Coasts, Contemporary Climate Change, and Vegetation and Environmental Change and increased coverage of  weather systems, atmospheric circulation, basic geology and biodiversity

· New Hazards feature helps apply understanding to contemporary environmental problems

· It is accompanied by a rich and extensive range of online support resources which can be found at

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