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Elemental Geosystems Plus MasteringGeography with eText -- Access Card Package

Elemental Geosystems Plus MasteringGeography with eText -- Access Card Package

8th Edition

Robert Christopherson, Ginger Birkeland

Feb 2015, Paperback with Online Course Access, 640 pages
ISBN13: 9780321984449
ISBN10: 0321984447
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For introductory physical geography courses.

This package includes MasteringGeography.

Explore Earth’s Dynamic, Changing Systems

Among the most highly regarded textbooks in physical geography, Robert Christopherson’s best-selling Elemental Geosystems is known for currency, accuracy, rich integration of climate change science, and a dynamic multimedia program. Organized around the natural flow of energy, materials, and information, subjects are presented in the same sequence in which they occur in nature — an organic, holistic approach that is unique in this discipline. The Eighth Edition includes a unique new standalone chapter on Climate Change that presents the history and evidence of natural and human-caused climate change. The Eighth Edition also features new MasteringGeography activities, streamlines and focuses essential content, and incorporates more visual media, active learning, and visual tools to help student engagement and mastery.

Superior support beyond the classroom with MasteringGeography

MasteringGeography is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

0321984447 / 9780321984449 Elemental Geosystems Plus MasteringGeography with eText -- Access Card Package, 8/e--

This package contains:

  • 032198501X / 9780321985019 Elemental Geosystems
  • 0321987330 / 9780321987334 MasteringGeography with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Elemental Geosystems

1. Essentials of Geography

PART I: The Energy-Atmosphere System

2. Solar Energy, Seasons, and the Atmosphere

3. Atmospheric Energy and Global Temperatures

4. Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations

PART II: Water, Weather, and Climate Systems

5. Atmospheric Water and Weather

6. Water Resources

7. Global Climate Systems

8. Climate Change

PART III: The Earth–Atmosphere Interface

9. The Dynamic Planet

10. Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes

11. Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement

12. River Systems and Landforms

13. The Oceans, Coastal Systems, and Wind Processes

14. Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes

PART IV: Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes

15. The Geography of Soils

16. Ecosystem Essentials

17. Terrestrial Biomes

Appendix A Maps in this Text and Topographic Maps

Appendix B The Köppen Climate Classification System

Appendix C Common Conversions

Superior support beyond the classroom with MasteringGeography™


MasteringGeography is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.
  • NEW! GeoTutor Coaching Activities coach students on the toughest topics in physical geography and employ kinesthetic and visual tools of Mastering.
  • NEW! Applied Physical Geography activities contain new Pre- and Post-lab coaching activities related to the revised 9th edition of the lab manual.
  • NEW! Geoscience Animations are popular 2-D media that help students visualize various physical geoscience processes, including newer HTML5 animations from oceanography.
  • NEW! Video Activities tied to science and process issues are relevant to the thematic chapters from sources such as BBC, FT, and NASA.
  • NEW! Encounter Physical Geography Google Earth activities that take students on tours of Earth’s virtual landscape to explore the patterns and processes of our world’s physical geography.
  • UPDATED! MapMaster interactive maps contain a robust integration of physical geoscience maps, offering GIS-like activities for assessment and self study.
  • Map Projections media help reinforce and remediate students on basic but challenging early map projection concepts.
  • NEW! Learning Catalytics ™ offers physical geography specific questions for classroom engagement and intelligence. With Learning Catalytics you can:
      • Assess students in real time, using open-ended tasks to probe student understanding.
      • Understand immediately where students are and adjust your lecture accordingly.
      • Improve your students’ critical-thinking skills.
      • Access rich analytics to understand student performance.
      • Add your own questions to make Learning Catalytics fit your course exactly.
      • Manage student interactions with intelligent grouping and timing.
  • NEW! Dynamic Study Modules allow your students to study on their own and be better prepared to achieve higher scores on their tests. The Mastering course links to physical geography specific Dynamic Study Modules.


Present the latest climate change science and data
  • NEW! Standalone Climate Change Chapter presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of climate change science and data, including the 2013-2014 IPCC 5th Assessment Report. The chapter covers paleoclimatology and mechanisms for past climate change, climate feedbacks and the global carbon budget, the evidence and causes of present change, climate forecasts and models, and actions we can take to moderate Earth’s changing climate.
  • EXPANDED!¿ New Photo Sources are integrated throughout for a more current, dramatic, and international coverage.


New author joins book team

  • NEW! Fluvial Geomorphologist Ginger Birkeland joins Elemental Geosystems as co-author.


Give students a reliable and visual learning path

  • UPDATED! A Strengthened Learning Path ties critical thinking items more closely to the Key Learning Concepts at the front and Key Learning Concepts Review at the end of chapter. Christopherson’s structured learning path and tightly integrated pedagogy give students a reliable, consistent framework for mastering the chapter concepts:
    • Part Openers emphasizing the themes of systems, climate change, and human-Earth relations integrate key visuals and topics from associated chapters, giving students a broad overview of the concepts from that Part’s chapters.
  • Geosystems Now: Chapter-Opening Case Studies draw readers into each chapter by discussing interesting, current, and relevant applications of chapter concepts while integrating discussions of systems, climate change, and human impacts.
  • Critical Thinking active learning questions/activities integrated throughout each chapter give students the opportunity to stop and apply/check/practice their understanding of chapter concepts, and also provides students with ways to practice being responsible consumers and citizens of Earth.
  • GeoReports: A variety of factoids, examples, applications, and student action items are interspersed at the bottom of the pages, often related to systems, climate change, and human impacts on the environment.
  • NEW! Geosystems in Action appear as two-page foundation figures and cover key concepts central to each chapter in a visual and process-oriented way. Each GIA includes QR links to open source mobile media.. Active learning questions appear on page and in the MasteringGeography item library.
  • UPDATED! Strengthened Geography Fundamentals in the introductory chapter give a more applied overview of the Scientific Method and the place of physical geography within the discipline and vs. human geography.
  • The unique Earth systems approach organizes the chapters around atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, following the natural flow of energy, materials, and information to present topics in the same sequence in which they occur in nature.
  • An unparalleled visual program includes a variety of illustrations, photographs, and composites. Over 400 photographs were composed in the field during expeditions by the author and his wife specifically for use in the text, providing authentic examples and applications of physical geography and Earth systems science.
  • 200+ embedded URLs are integrated throughout the chapters, allowing students to link directly to source material.
  • QR Links to Animations and Videos provide just-in-time reinforcement for mobile users as they read, giving instant access to visualizations from robust science sources such as NASA/JPL, FEMA, and NOAA.

Engage students by connecting geography to their real world environment

  • NEW! The Human Denominatorone page end-of-chapter feature explicitly focuses on the human-Earth dimension of physical geography within context of the chapter topic. Includes maps (spatial data), real-world examples (photos), and review of both current and potential future issues that help engage students by connecting physical geography concepts to their real world environment.
  • UPDATED! Focus Study features explore real-world examples and applications of chapter concepts in great depth, without interrupting the flow of the chapter narrative.¿
  • UPDATED! Active Applied Physical Geography content and data allow students to participate and engage in the content rather than just read. In select chapters, new Visual Analysis Features challenge students with explicit critical thinking exercises, which can also be assigned in Mastering.
  • Christopherson's focus on relevance speaks directly to students, intriguing them with interesting case studies and factoids from history, science, and current news.

Robert W. Christopherson attended California State University-Chico for his undergraduate work and received his Masters in Geography from Miami University-Oxford, Ohio. Geosystems evolved out of his teaching notes and was his graduate thesis: this is his life’s work. He founded the geography program of American River College faculty. His wife Bobbé is his principal photographer and has provided more than 300 exclusive photos for each of his books. Together they have completed nine polar expeditions (most recently in spring 2010). They attended the 2004 Arctic Climate Impact Symposium in Reykjavik, Iceland to acquire photo and video coverage and research. Robert is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1998 and 2005 Text and Academic Authors Association Textbook Award for Geosystems and Elemental Geosystems, 4/e, respectively. He was selected by American River College students as "Teacher of the Year" and received the American River College Patrons Award. Robert received the 1999 Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education and the Outstanding Educator Award from the California Geographical Society in 1997. The Text and Academic Authors Association presented him with its Presidents' Award in 2005. Amongst many other things, Robert has been deeply involved in the development of Pearson’s

Geoscience Animation Library, and he led the editorial board of Rand McNally’s Goode’s World Atlas 22e.

Ginger Birkeland received her M.A. and PhD from Arizona State University, with a focus in fluvial geomorphology. She taught intro courses at Montana State University and Indiana University, spent time as a research associate at Arizona State, and has spent many years as an outdoor education instructor and commercial river guide.

Ginger has worked in the field as a fluvial geomorphologist for industry and funded government projects. Some of her field projects include: a multidisciplinary plan for recovery of two threatened fish species in the Truckee River Recovery Plan (California and
Nevada) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; geomorphic oversight, technical expertise, and technical editing for the Menomonee River Sediment Study (Wisconsin); geomorphic expertise, and co-authoring of several sections on fluvial geomorphology for reports on bank protection and salmon habitat enhancement for the Integrated Streambank Protection Guidelines and Channel Design Guidelines (Washington).