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The blue planet : an introduction to earth system science
Skinner, Brian J., 1928-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 552 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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QB631 .S57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The image of the Earth on the front cover was acquired from the GOES-8 Imager by the Laboratory for Atmosphere at NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. It was taken on September 2, 1994, using two channels for the Imager to produce a "natural color" effect. The photos shown here on the back cover illustrate the four spheres of the Earth system - the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere - together with changes being produced by human activities.

Author Notes

Brian Skinner, Yale University
Stephen Porter, University of Washington
Daniel Botkin, George Mason University

Table of Contents

Part I The Earth System: Our Place in Space
1 The Earth System
2 Matter
3 Energy
4 The Solar System
Part II The Geosphere: Earth Beneath Our Feet
5 The Dynamic Geosphere
6 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
7 The Rock Cycle
Part III The Hydrosphere: Earth's Blanket of Water and Ice
8 The Hydrologic Cycle
9 The Frozen Hydrosphere
10 The World Ocean
Part IV The Atmosphere: Earth's Gaseous Envelope
11 The Atmosphere
12 Wind and Weather Systems
13 The Climate System
Part V The Biosphere: Life on Earth
14 Life, Death, and Evolution
15 Energy and Matter in Life Systems
16 Earth's Major Ecosystems
17 Habitat, Interactions, and Diversity
Part VI The Anthrosphere: Humans and the Future of Earth
18 Earth's Resources
19 The Changing Earth System