McKnight's Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation eBook, 12th Edition

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McKnight's Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation eBook, 12th Edition

By Darrel Hess, Dennis G. Tasa
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For courses in Physical Geography.


Explore the changing global environment with real-world examples and mobile field trips

Continuing Tom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, Darrel Hess offers a broad survey of all of the physical processes and spatial patterns that create Earth’s physical landscape. McKnight’s Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation provides a clear writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy to appeal to a wide variety of students.


The 12th Edition offers a truly meaningful integration of visualisation, technology, and the latest applied science, providing essential opportunities to teach and engage students in these processes and patterns. Topics that are tied to students’ real-world concerns such as global environmental change, along with new videos, photography, online lab resources, and updated interactive tools, make it the most effective learning program for physical geography.


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Help students see why physical geography is relevant to the real world
  • NEW! Global Environmental Change features written by expert contributors provide brief case studies on critical issues related to environmental change.
  • NEW! Practicing Geography references highlight geography and science being practiced in the real world, emphasising people in scientific jobs, to help readers see job opportunities in geoscience, and to put a more human face to the topics and science.
  • NEW! Have You Ever Wondered...? chapter-opening inquiries present familiar real-world phenomena related to the chapter and work with Big Questions and Seeing Geographically features, making the chapter opener a more engaging, active, and living introduction to the chapter.
  • UPDATED! Energy for the 21st Century features, most written by expert contributors, provide balanced coverage of both renewable and non-renewable energy resources, authored by expert contributors.
  • UPDATED! People & the Environment boxes, some written by expert contributors, discuss the effects of human activity on the environment.
  • UPDATED! Focus features, many written by expert contributors, present in-depth case studies of special topics in physical geography.


Keep students actively engaged with active learning tools

  • NEW! Environmental Analysis activities at the end of each chapter provide users with a higher-level application exercise, sending students outside of the book to analyse data and perform other higher-order learning tasks.
  • UPDATED! Tasa Illustrations have been updated with the latest data and visually impactful presentations of physical geosciences processes
  • UPDATED! Quick Response (QR) Codes link to video and animation resources as a means to provide students with just-in-time access to visualisation media tied to major concepts.
  • UPDATED! Seeing Geographically questions at the beginning and end of each chapter ask students to perform visual analysis and critical thinking to check their understanding of key chapter concepts and overcome any misconceptions.
  • Expert Contributors author most of the special Global Environmental Change, FocusPeople and the Environment, Energy for the 21st Century, and Environmental Analysis features, providing a variety of expertise and experience, as well as current data incorporated to ensure the latest science, statistics, and associated imagery.


Hallmark pedagogical features 

  • UPDATED! Key Questions work as chapter-specific learning outcomes that connect to Learning Checks, End of Chapter Questions
  • UPDATED! Learning Checks integrate review questions at the end of chapter sections, helping students check comprehension. All boxed features will now include Checkpoint questions.
  • UPDATED! Review & Study Questions at the end of every chapter give students the practice they need to learn and master the material.
  • Language, Consistency, and Connections have been improved with more consistency among features and concepts, and less formal and abstract language.
  • Modernised Design including fresh colors, fonts, and larger imagery.
Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Earth
  2. Portraying Earth
  3. Introduction to the Atmosphere
  4. Insolation and Temperature
  5. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
  6. Atmospheric Moisture
  7. Atmospheric Disturbances
  8. Climate and Climate Change
  9. The Hydrosphere
  10. Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere
  11. Terrestrial Flora and Fauna
  12. Soils
  13. Introduction to Landform Study
  14. The Internal Processes
  15. Weathering and Mass Wasting
  16. Fluvial Processes
  17. Karst and Hydrothermal Processes
  18. The Topography of Arid Lands
  19. Glacial Modification of Terrain
  20. Coastal Processes and Terrain