This highly respected and best-selling textbook provides an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the major topics within physical geography. It focuses on understanding the inter-linkages between processes, places and environments and is fully illustrated to demonstrate how the physical environment works. An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment is accompanied by a rich and extensive range of electronic support resources including updated weblinks relevant for each chapter, multiple choice questions, fieldwork exercises, interactive models and video clips. The text is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in the field of physical geography.
Joseph Holden is Professor of Physical Geography and Director of Research at the School of Geography, University of Leeds.
PART I - The role of physical geography Chapter 1: Approaching physical geography PART II - Continents and oceans Chapter 2: Earth geology and tectonics Chapter 3: Oceans PART III - Climate and weather Chapter 4: Atmospheric processes Chapter 5: Global climate and weather Chapter 6: Regional and local climates PART IV - Geomorphology and Hydrology Chapter 7: Weathering and geochemistry Chapter 8: Hillslopes and landform evolution Chapter 9: Sediments and sedimentation Chapter 10: Soils Chapter 11: Catchment hydrology Chapter 12: Fluvial geomorphology and river management Chapter 13: Solutes Chapter 14: Dryland processes and environments Chapter 15: Coasts Chapter 16: Glaciers and ice sheets Chapter 17: Permafrost and periglaciation PART V - Biogeography and ecology Chapter 18: The biosphere Chapter 19: Biogeographical concepts Chapter 20: Ecological processes Chapter 21: Freshwater ecology PART VI - Environmental change Chapter 22: The Pleistocene Chapter 23: The Holocene Chapter 24: Contemporary climate change: an unprecedented environmental challenge Chapter 25: Vegetation and environmental change Chapter 26: Remote sensing of environmental change Chapter 27: Managing environmental change