Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, Global Edition eBook, 9th Edition

Robert W. Christopherson

Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, Global Edition eBook, 9th Edition

By Robert W. Christopherson
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For Introductory Physical Geography Courses

Among the most highly regarded in physical geography, Robert Christopherson’s bestselling texts are known for their meticulous attention to detail, currency, accuracy, and rich integration of climate change science. Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, 9th Edition is uniquely organised to present Earth systems topics as they naturally occur: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. This interconnected and organic systems-based approach is highlighted in the strong pedagogical tools, structured learning path, and up-to-date information found in the text. This new edition presents bold new features that cultivate an active learning environment both in and outside the classroom.


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Leverage strong pedagogical tools and a structured active learning path 

  • NEW! Geosystems in Action explore key chapter concepts with a focus on visuals and structured active learning. Located in each chapter, each feature reinforces Earth systems methodology and connects students to related online media via QR codes.
  • NEW! The Human Denominator features connect abstract concepts to real world environments and focuses on the human-Earth dimension of physical geography.
  • REVISED! Geography Fundamentals provide a more comprehensive overview of the Scientific Method.  
  • Key Learning Concepts on the chapter opener page list primary learning outcomes for the chapter. Critical Thinking Questions are integrated into appropriate sections of each chapter, giving students the opportunity to stop and demonstrate conceptual understanding and practice critical thinking as they read.
  • Geosystems Connection at the end of each chapter precedes the Key Learning Concepts Review to bridge different chapter concepts by reminding students where they have been and where they are headed.
  • Key Learning Concepts Review reinforces the key learning concepts in the chapter, providing summaries and key terms under each Key Learning Concept identified on the chapter opener.
Teach with current and relevant content 
  • Updated content provides students and instructors with the most significant and current information and applications.
  • NEW! New Chapter 11 on Global Climate Change provides an up-to-date overview of the current climate change science: evidence for change, climate models, climate forecasts, and ways to mitigate future change.
  • NEW! Ginger Birkeland joins Robert Christopherson as co-author, bringing a fresh perspective and new examples that enhance the relevance of such content as Geosystems Now, Focus Studies, Critical Thinking, and GeoReports.  
  • Revised Geosystems Now chapter-opening vignette case studies draw students into the material by discussing an interesting, current application of the chapter concepts.
  • NEW! Geosystems Now Online is a short section at the end of Geosystems Now providing online links to additional materials for further investigation of the topics discussed.
  • Updated Focus Study essays present additional, in-depth discussions of key geography topics, without interrupting the flow of the core chapter narratives. These essays allow students to actively participate and engage in the content instead of just reading. 
  • GeoReports present factoids, examples, applications, or student action items that relate to the material in the main text narrative.
Table of contents
  • 1. Essentials of Geography
  • PART I The Energy-Atmosphere System
  • 2. Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons
  • 3. Earth’s Modern Atmosphere
  • 4. Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances
  • 5. Global Temperatures
  • 6. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
  • PART II The Water, Weather, and Climate Systems
  • 7. Water and Atmospheric Moisture
  • 8. Weather
  • 9. Water Resources
  • 10. Global Climate Systems
  • 11. Global Climate Change
  • PART III The Earth-Atmosphere Interface
  • 12. The Dynamic Planet
  • 13. Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism
  • 14. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement
  • 15. River Systems
  • 16. Oceans, Coastal Systems, and Wind Processes
  • 17. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes
  • PART IV Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes
  • 18. The Geography of Soils
  • 19. Ecosystem Essentials
  • 20. Terrestrial Biomes
  • Appendix A Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps
  • Appendix B The Koppen Climate Classification System
  • Appendix C Common Conversions