An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment, by Joseph Holden

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By Joseph Holden

The second one version of this best-selling and hugely revered textbook offers an available and fascinating advent to the key issues inside actual geography. An creation to actual Geography and the surroundings is designed with more than a few in-text positive aspects similar to case stories and reflective inquiries to relief examine. in addition to this, scholars have entry to a wealthy and wide variety of on-line help assets equivalent to additional weblinks, fieldwork worksheets, interactive types and new videos of actual procedures in motion, all of to be able to support them be successful of their actual Geography direction.

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Some kind of philosophical basis of enquiry is essential in order to allow fair comparisons of results and interpretation of conclusions between different research areas. The scientific methods discussed in Chapter 1 help to form this philosophical foundation. The underlying method does not necessarily mean that all research is done using the same techniques; indeed physical geography utilizes a variety of tools to help understand, measure, observe and predict environmental processes. However, by maintaining a philosophical basis, it reminds us to question the approach we take.

In plant geography and ecology a similar influence was being 8 expressed by Clements in his concept of succession (see Chapter 8). It is notable, however, that two themes of Darwin’s work (struggle and selection/randomness and chance) did not have an immediate impact on physical geography (Stoddard, 1966). Indeed the unique contribution of Darwin’s theory, which was ‘random variation’ whereby random change could occur to species from one generation to the next, did not really appear in work by physical geographers until the 1960s (Gregory, 1985).

34 Reprinted from Sedimentary Geology, 62, J. 35a reprinted from Drumlin formation by subglacial meltwater erosion, Canadian Journal of Earth Science, 24, reprinted by permission of NRC Research Press (Shaw, J. R. 2 courtesy of Larry D. A. L. J. W. 7 from Ground surface temperature reconstruction based on data from a deep borehole in permafrost at Janssonhaugen, Svalbard, Annals of Glaciology, 31, reprinted from the Annals of Glaciology with permission of the International Glaciological Society and the author (Isaksen, K.

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