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Explores the Human-Physical InterfaceLiving Physical Geography was written to highlight the role of people in changing and being changed by Earth’s physical systems. Students learn how human activity influences Earth’s physical systems, ranging from local stream erosion to global climate change. Students also learn how scientists investigate geographical phenomena (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, severe weather, and stream flooding) to mitigate their human cost and reduce human vulnerability to these events.Emphasizes the Process of Science, the Scientific Method, and the Importance of Critical ThinkingLiving Physical Geography grounds students in the process of science and the scientific method, helping students understand how we know what we know about physical geography. It also addresses students as citizens, helping them develop their own independent and informed ideas about geographic issues based on observation and scientific evidence. Balances Coverage of Atmosphere and BiosphereLiving Physical Geography balances coverage of the atmosphere with coverage of terrestrial and marine biospheres, tectonic systems, and geomorphic systems. Living Physical Geography highlights the importance of the oceans to atmospheric chemistry, the climate system, and food resources, as well as gauging the significance of human influences on ocean ecosystems.Unique Content
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